Monday, January 9, 2012

The Jabberwocky = Nonsense

As you may or may not have noticed yesterday, one of the words was jabberwocky which means nonsense. I did not know this prior to putting that in yesterday. But, I find it most fitting, as if you've ever read the Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll you would know that the poem is mostly nonsense. Regardless of this, it is one of my favorites (courtesy of my father) and the only one which, at present, I've memorized. As evidence of the appreciation we have for this poem, let me inform you that we not only have a small pop-up book with the story inside it, but also have the words inscribed on the walls of our dining room (along with a wide variety of other words). At some point I'll have to carefully document that entire room. All the same, in case you've never read/heard the poem, here it is.

This is the pop-up book.

With an example of what it looks like inside. :)

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.
(This one was written on the wall behind a large photo that I didn't feel like moving, so no picture.)



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.

Or, if you'd rather hear it read, who better than Christopher Lee to read it to you. :)



(Christopher Lee Reads Lewis Carroll's The Jabberwocky)

On to other things.

Day 5:

-Adonis: beautiful man
-Cassandra: unheeded prophet
-glabrous: without hair
-in toto: in full, entirely
-Young Turks: reformers

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