Poetry Friday: Jabberwocky

Callooh! Callay! Summer is here and I am on vacation.  I have decided to memorize Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” this summer.  I need a challenge.  So today I am going to start memorizing “Jabberwocky”  which I fully intend to recite to the grandgirls.  It is such a fun poem to learn.  I am not one to memroize either so it will be flexing my brain muscles a bit.

JABBERWOCKY

Lewis Carroll

(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)

`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 whiffling 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, has 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.

Do you want to join me? What poem will you memorize?  The Art of Irreverence is hosting Poetry Friday today. 

Happy Reading.

MsMac

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