Humanities › Literature Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky The Whimsical Poem By Lewis Carroll Share Flipboard Email Print Emma Sutcliffe / Getty Images Literature Quotations Funny Quotes Love Quotes Great Lines from Movies and Television Quotations For Holidays Best Sellers Classic Literature Plays & Drama Poetry Shakespeare Short Stories Children's Books By Simran Khurana Education Expert M.B.A, Human Resource Development and Management, Narsee Monjee Institution of Management Studies B.S., University of Mumbai, Commerce, Accounting, and Finance Simran Khurana is the Editor-in-Chief for ReachIvy, and a teacher and freelance writer and editor, who uses quotations in her pedagogy. our editorial process Simran Khurana Updated October 24, 2019 English writer Lewis Carroll (1832- 1898) is best known for his genre-bending work "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland " (1865) and its sequel "Through the Looking Glass" (1872). The tale of a young girl who visits a strange land is a classic of children's literature and cemented Carroll's place in the Western literary canon. Even though they're widely considered to be important works, the talking animals and possible depiction of what has been interpreted as drug use have placed "Wonderland" and "Looking Glass" on numerous lists of banned books. Lewis Carroll Life and Work Lewis Carroll was actually the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a cleric, scholar, teacher, and mathematician. Before turning to writing children's fiction, Dodgson/Carroll wrote several mathematical texts while a student at Christ Church College, Oxford, including "An Elementary Treatise on Determinants," "Curiosa Mathematica" and "Euclid and His Modern Rivals." He met the Liddell family while a teacher at Christ Church College and was enchanted by their young daughter Alice. Although he later said his fictional heroine was not based on any real person, Carroll reportedly made up the "Wonderland" stories, or at least their outlines, as a way of entertaining Alice Liddell and her friends. Carroll wrote several other works, some about Alice, in his later years, but never again achieved the commercial success of "Wonderland" and "Looking Glass." Analyzing Carroll's Poem 'Jabberwocky' "Jabberwocky" is a poem contained within "Through the Looking Glass." Alice discovers the poem in a book on a table during a visit to the Red Queen. From what we can understand, the poem is a mythical monster who is slain by the hero of the poem. Who is the hero? Who is the narrator? It's almost impossible for the reader to tell since we're already in the weird world of Wonderland. Even Alice doesn't understand what she's reading. Written in a ballad style, most of the words within the Jabberwocky are nonsensical, yet it hews to a traditional poetic structure. Here is the complete text of Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky." 'Twas brillig, and the slithy tovesDid 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 shunThe frumious Bandersnatch!" He took his vorpal sword in hand:Long time the manxome foe he soughtSo 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 throughThe vorpal blade went snicker-snack!He left it dead, and with its headHe went galumphing back. "And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?Come to my arms, my beamish boy!Oh frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"He chortled in his joy. 'Twas brillig, and the slithy tovesDid gyre and gimble in the wabe:All mimsy were the borogoves,And the mome raths outgrabe.