“Beware the Jabberwock, my son
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”
Jabberwocky is the celebrated poem by Lewis Carroll from his novel, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1872). Rhythmic and amusing, it is considered one of the most noteworthy examples of nonsense verse.
In the story we find Alice lost in the dreamscape of Wonderland where she discovers a strange, unintelligible book. After reading one of the poems inside she mulls over its meaning:
“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.”
The wonderfully odd creatures of Lewis Carroll’s imagination still inspire young and old alike—and continue to fill curious heads with ideas.
Thanks to everyone who participated in last week’s poetry prompt. Here is a poem from Gassingon we enjoyed:
Whisper louder than whispers
Can talk the night away
The fairy dust gathers when we sleep
we take with us each day
To protect and project us
into where we are meant to go
without the dust the magic
how the way.. would we ever know…
POETRY PROMPT: Try your hand at a little nonsense verse! Unleash your imagination: Invent a truly bizarre creature and write a poem about it. What name will you give it? What does it look like? What in the world is it doing? Why? Create wacky, nonsensical words and weave them throughout your poem. It’ll be krincuffles of fun!
Sometimes we feature your poems in Every Day Poems, with your permission of course. Thanks for writing with us!