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Friday, May 06, 2005

And on a Totally Unrelated Note...

Jabberwocky

by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)


'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.


"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"


He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought--
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.


And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!


One two! One two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.


"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
He chortled in his joy.


'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

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4 Comments:

Blogger s'mee said...

o.k. this brings back memories! I was in training as a jr. camp counselor (YW) and part of my initiation was to memorize that monster! AUGH! Evidently we, as jr. counselors, were similar to the Jabberwock with "the jaws that bite, the claws that catch!"

(cue Barbara Streisand's Memories...)

4:37 PM  
Blogger Mary A said...

That would be a monster to memorize! All the nonsensical words! Glad I could revive a memory for you. I enjoy this poem a lot.

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Barb said...

My aunt said someone performed that for a recitation when she was in school. I do not know if I could ever master all that mumble jumble. It is a classic!

5:42 PM  
Blogger Mark N said...

Disney's version of "Alice in Wonderland" puts a portion, at least, of "Jabberwocky" to music (but I'm not sure you ever actually hear the song sung during the film), so given my exposure at an early age to a Disney Piano Songbook, I can't hear this poem without mentally running the melody through my head.

12:48 PM  

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