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How Doth the Little Crocodile... by Lewis Carroll


"How Doth the Little Crocodile..." is a children's poem by Carroll that discusses the looks of a crocodile. It uses the rhyme scheme ABAB in both stanzas. At first, he talks of how his scales are so shiny from the waters of the Nile. The second stanza speaks of his grin and claws are cheerful but powerful as they eat fish. The poem is written in iambic tetrameter and iambic trimeter.

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How Doth the Little Crocodile...

How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!

How cheerfully he seems to grin
How neatly spreads his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in,
With gently smiling jaws!

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