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Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

Analysis

"Jabberwocky" is a poem by Carroll that was originally published in Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. The writing occurs in the book at the point when Alice comes upon a book written in an unintelligible language. She puts a mirror beside the book and attempts to read it.

This poem is considered one of the best non-sense writings in the English language.

"Jabberwocky" consists of seven stanzas with four lines in each. The first three lines of each stanza are written in iambic tetrameter (two feet with four meters) while the last line is written in iambic triameter (two feet with four meters).

Poem

Jabberwocky
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'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 wiffling 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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