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#AtoZChallenge Letter C

The theme of my challenge is poetry and books inspired by art and/or art inspired by literature.

new C is for Lewis Carroll who wrote Alice in Wonderland.

He inspired Sir John Tenniel, the political cartoonist of Punch magazine to illustrate the first Alice and also Through the Looking-Glass, creating 92 images altogether.  The pictures were engraved onto blocks of deal, from which electrotype copies were made for printing.

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His love of the grotesque is particularly evident in my daughter’s favourite poem, The Jabberwocky.

TheJabberwocky

’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 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 borogoves,

      And the mome raths outgrabe.

Alice

Statue of Alice through the Looking Glass in Guildford, Surrey where Lewis Carroll died

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About lizannelloyd

Love history, reading, researching and writing. Articles published in My Family History and other genealogy magazines.

12 responses »

  1. I have always liked the idea of the Cheshire Cat.

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  2. Oh wow! Your love for Lewis Carroll is so evident with your exquisite poem. 🙂

    @rosemawrites from
    A Reading Writer
    Chase: A Cinquain

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  3. I did not know this! What good information, I liked the scary poem, I always found the Chesire Cat a bit scary. 🙂

    *Inderpreet/EloquentArticulation*

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  4. Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite books, thank you for sharing the poem with us.

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  5. These pictures remind me of my childhood so much!

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  6. I loved Lewis Carrol’s Alice – who didn’t. Thank you for taking me a long way back to my childhood. Sue @Sizzling60 from
    Sizzling Towards Sixty

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  7. This was so interesting. Alice in wonderland has its share of lovers and haters for its bizarre and unusual characters! I loved the statue of Alice through the looking the looking glass.
    @KalaRavi16 from
    Relax-N-Rave

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  8. I really enjoyed this post, and Alice and Wonderland and Through the Looking glass are both on my list of re-reads this year!!

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  9. Thanks for reminding me of the Jabberwocky. I have such fond memories of the time we dramatised it at primary school.

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  10. Really interesting post, I must visit Guildford at some point 🙂

    @LunaNoctis from There She Goes

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  11. Oh wow that is an excellent statue of Alice! The Jabberwocky frightened me as a kid!

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