I was reading away, with quiet enjoyment, when I came across Jabberwocky. I read it, paused, and read it again. Pondered for a while, then read it again. Jabberwocky beautifully skates the thin edge of being understood and being nonsense. But such glorious nonsense! As Alice put it,
"It seems very pretty," she said when she had finished it, "but it's rather hard to understand!" (You see she didn't like to confess even to herself, that she couldn't make it out at all.) "Somehow it seems to fill my head with ideas--only I don't exactly know what they are! However, somebody killed something: that's clear, at any rate---"
Dear Mr. Shaw,I usually answer "Yes."
I am currently analyzing works of Lewis Carroll for my 10th grade English class. My two works of choice are "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Jabberwocky." However, I seem to be having great difficulty in analyzing this poem. When I read it I am unable to find if it's true.
(Occasionally I add a smiley face.)
"The mome rath isn't born that could outgrabe me!"
Narrator: ...and with its head, he went galumphing back.
Rowlf: galumph! galumph! galumph! galumph!
I'm Tweedledee, he's Tweedledum.
We're spacemen marching to and from.
We slythe among the mimsy troves,
And tire among the borogroves.
Scarsdale High School, in New York, has many a Jabberwocky reference within its walls. Our school mascot is a large maroon dragon named Bandy. Our yearbook is called Bandersnatch. We have 2 nights of student bands performing, one in the spring and one in the fall, named Jabberfest. Our Literary magazine is named Jabberwocky.Bravo Scarsdale! I wish I could have gone to a place like that. Dear 'ol Scotch Plains-Fanwood High wasn't much fun.
`Beware Jabberwock, my son! The Kiefer, which beien, the grip arms, which intercept! Watch out the bird Jubjub, and avoid you frumious the Bandersnatch! ', he took its vorpal to blade into the hand: Long time manxomefeind, which it looked up -- in such a way stood still it by the tree Tumtum, and confessed one while in the thought.
There's a video game called Secret of Mana (Seiken Densetsu 2 in Japan) by Squaresoft, and there's an enemy called Jabberwock. It has two heads and doesn't look much like the illustration, but Squaresoft is known for having all sorts of mythological referances and stuff (one of the games named 4 main bad guys after demons from Dante's Inferno :)
I believe the album (Columbia OS 3240, I was told, but mine says Columbia
CK 3240) is out of print now, alas. All in all, though, it's a good album
- where else can you hear Tiny Tim singing "I Got You Babe"?
alt.adjective.noun.verb.verb.verbfolks came up with alt.frabjous.'Jabberwocky'.aanvvv-ise.update.admire
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