Nonsense Verse by Lewis CarrollCarroll claims, “I’m afraid I didn’t mean anything but nonsense.” (8) Perhaps, but that seems to push us even further to wonder what this poem or that story really means. Some read into his work a political message or stylized debates between with mathematicians; others see sociological commentary or thoughts on human development. If, however, we take Carroll for his word, we can simply enjoy A Sea Dirge, The Hunting of the Snark, and of course, Jabberwocky, as though a very clever child kept scribbling silly words and sillier characters.
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Lewis Carroll wrote verse throughout his life, for fun and to give pleasure to his friends and family. The first collected and annotated edition of Carroll's brilliant, witty poems, edited by Gillian Beer. This new edition collects together the marvellous range of Carroll's poetry, including nonsense verse, parodies, burlesques, and more. This edition also includes notes, a chronology and an introduction by Gillian Beer that discusses Carroll's love of puzzles and wordplay and the relationship of his poetry with the Alice books 'Opening at random Gillian Beer's new edition of Lewis Carroll's poems, Jabberwocky and Other Nonsense , guarantees a pleasurable experience - not all of it nonsensical' - Times Literary Supplement Lewis Carroll was the pen-name of the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Born in , he was educated at Rugby School and Christ Church, Oxford, where he was appointed lecturer in mathematics in , and where he spent the rest of his life.
About The Nonsense Verse of Lewis Carroll
Salvador Dali, Alice in Wonderland. The Shower of Cards. For this is not the book for you So do not waste your money This book is full of silly stuff And poems that are funny! Nonsense verse is a whimsical and often humorous form of literature that employs elements such as rhythm and rhyme, playing on the stress of syllables. It subverts language conventions and logical reasoning with a playful tone so that the end result is characterised by some elements that make sense and others that do not. This usually serves to amuse, confuse or delight the reader. He further describes nonsense as writing that draws attention to and takes advantage of the arbitrary nature of language.
You are Old, Father William. Up above the world you fly, Like a tea tray in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you're at! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
The book tells of Alice's adventures within the back-to-front world of Looking-Glass Land. In an early scene in which she first encounters the chess piece characters White King and White Queen , Alice finds a book written in a seemingly unintelligible language. Realizing that she is travelling through an inverted world, she recognises that the verses on the pages are written in mirror-writing. She holds a mirror to one of the poems and reads the reflected verse of "Jabberwocky". She finds the nonsense verse as puzzling as the odd land she has passed into, later revealed as a dreamscape.