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Selected Poems

Lewis Carroll

Edited by Keith Silver

Cover Picture of Selected Poems
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Categories: 19th Century, Humour
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (128 pages)
(Pub. Nov 1995)
£8.95 £8.05
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  • 'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
          Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
    all mimsy were the borogroves,
          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 a while 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 hast 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 borogroves,
          and the mome raths outgrabe.

    Lewis Carroll's nonsense poems have been astonishing popular with children and adults alike since the first publication of Alice in Wonderland in 1865, and have influenced the work of a host of modern writers, including James Joyce, Jorge Luis Borgese and Vladimir Nabokov.

    This generous selection of Carroll's verse serves as an ideal introduction to his work. It includes the best-known Alice poems as well as 'Sylvie and Bruno', 'The Hunting of the Snark' and pieces from Phantasmagoria the text is illustrated with a number of the evocative original Tenniel drawings.
    Table of Contents

    List of Illustrations

    Select Bibliography


    Early Poems

    My Fairy

    Brother and Sister

    Rules and Regulations

    Lays of Sorrow No.1

    Lays of Sorrow No.2

    The Two Brothers

    Poems from the Alice's


    How Doth...

    The Mouse's Tale

    Father William

    The Duchess's Lullaby

    Mad Hatter's Song

    The Mock Turtle's Song

    Alice's Recitation

    Turtle Soup

    Evidence Read at the Trial


    The Walrus and the Carpenter

    Humpty Dumpty's Recitation

    The White Knight's Ballad


    From Phantasmogoria


    A Sea Dirge

    Hiawatha's Photographing

    Poeta Fit, Non Nascitur

    The Lang Coortin'

    The Hunting of the Snark

    Fit the First

    Fit the Second

    Fit the Third

    Fit the Fourth

    Fit the Fifth

    Fit the Sixth

    Fit the Seventh

    Fit the Eighth

    Poems from Sylvie and Bruno

    And Sylvie and Bruno Concluded

                The Mad Gardener's Song

                The Three Badgers

                The King-Fisher's Song

                The Pig-Tale

    Appendix: 'Jabberwocky'-

    Humpty Dumpty Explains.

    Index of first lines


    'Father William' from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated by Sir John Tenniel, 1865


    'The Walrus and the Carpenter'

    from Alice Through the Looking-Glass, illustrated by Sir John Tenniel, 1871

    The Hunting of the Snark illustrated by Henry Holiday, 1876

    Lewis Carroll
    Lewis Carroll was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, in 1832. He was educated at Rugby School and at Christ Church, Oxford. He was a mathematical lecturer at Oxford from 1855 to 1881 and became one of England's most popular writers for children, with the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) ... read more
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