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  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Dover ed edition (June 14, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486415821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486415826
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is very entertaining and enjoyable!
Gonzalez Alvarez Maria Cecilia
I adore Lewis Carroll, and this book of poems is a great addition to my collection of his work.
Kris DeLorenzo
I wanted a copy of the poem without anyone else’s illustrations or interpretation.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on May 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
"Jabberwocky and Other Poems," by Lewis Carroll, is an inspired collection by this remarkable writer. A brief note at the beginning of the book discusses the life and career of Carroll (1832-98), who was a mathematician as well as a poet. The selections in this book are taken from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," "Through the Looking Glass," and other sources.
This collection shows Carroll's quirky, mischievous playfulness as well as his technical prowess with rhyme, meter, and wordplay. He is consistently inventive and often satirical. The book is very funny, often quite absurd, and has an occasional dark, sinister edge.
Just a few of the highlights are as follows. "The Mouse's Tale": a visual poem shaped like a mouse's tale. "Brother and Sister": a hilarious tribute to sibling rivalry that uses an interesting rhyme scheme. "The Walrus and the Carpenter": a sort of narrative horror-comedy with rich touches of absurdism. "Poeta Fit, non Nascitur": a hilarious satire on the art of writing poetry. And of course, the brilliant title poem, with its memorable opening: "'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves / Did gyre and gimble in the wabe."
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
Lewis Carroll is best known as the warped mind that brought us "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass." He was also a poet. Not an introspective, pensive, or anguished poet, but someone who spun up little nonsense rhymes.

Several are selected from Carroll's best-known books, such as "The Mouse's Tale," where the content isn't too interesting... but the poem itself is shaped like a mouse's tail. Another is "Jabberwocky," the famed poem about a young man who slays a monster. At least half the words are made up. ("Beware the Jabberwock, my son!/The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!/ Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun/the frumious Bandersnatch!")

There is also a selection of his early poetry and his non-Alice poetry, such as the "Mad Gardener's Song," where a gardener spends most of his time hallucinating: "He thought he saw an Elephant,/That practised on a fife:/He looked again, and found it was/A letter from his wife.'" Okay, whatever. Poems are included from the little-known "Phantasmagorica," "Sylvie and Bruno," and other collections.

"How shall I be a poet?/How shall I write in rhyme?" Carroll inquires in "Poeta Fit, Non Nascitur," a pleasant little poem about writing poetry. His poetry tends to be comedic, but there are a few that are halfway serious, such as "Sea Dirge," a poem entirely devoted to Carroll's aquaphobia. No, it's not downbeat, but it isn't exactly goofball poetry either.

The whimsical insanity of Carroll's poetry is what makes it so appealing. Technically it's pretty ordinary, with the flaw of making up words to insure rhyme schemes. But somehow his poetry is so colorful and funny that the flaws aren't much of a downside -- especially "Jabberwocky," where the whole appeal of the poem is that it's utter nonsense.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Arnold VINE VOICE on July 21, 2008
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If you have small children, or grand-children, you owe it to them to read "Jabberwocky" to them. Every day. Ideally, with the lights off, in a low and menacing voice. Hopefully you know it by heart (and you remember that it's "borogoves" WITHOUT the "r", not "borogroves"). If not, you'll need this book. It's more convenient than lugging around a "Complete Works", with or without Martin Gardener's annotations. As a bonus, you'll get some of Lewis Carroll's less well known (but still delightful) poems. I recommend "You are old, Father William", which is the perfect opportunity to really overact.

"And the mome raths outgrabe." And don't you forget it!!
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I love the poems especially the Jabberwocky which is why I bought it. However during the shipping process (I think it was just too small compared to all my other books in the package) it was bent by one of the cardboard flaps and I had to do some re-enforcing with book tape to try to keep the book in at least good condition. I am curious though, if the poem was about a boy who had to slay the Jabberwocky, Why is there a girl, presumably, Alice that slays it? Is it just the time period where girls and women were second class and couldn't fathom being a heroine?
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This is the kind of Kindle which you do not mind buying, even if you have most of its content in other Kindle and paper copies. It gives you the means of going directly to well known poems, Jabberwocky the most important, without having to search through Carroll's longer works. It just occurred to me, on looking at the contents, that I would really like to see the poem "Turtle Soup". If you are a Lewis Carroll fan, I recommend it. Note that it seemed to work a lot better on my PC than it did on my ancient Kindle DX.
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Nonsensical allegorical poems that make perfect sense in this day and age. Lewis Carroll wrote these as companions to his Alice's book series, they are fun to read and yet oh so enlightening. "The time has come the Walrus said to talk of many things: of shoes and ships and sealing wax and cabbages and kings" by Lewis Carroll
Highly Recommended
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Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), the pen name of Oxford mathematician, logician, photographer and author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, is famous the world over for his fantastic classics "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," "Through the Looking Glass," "The Hunting of the Snark," "Jabberwocky," and "Sylvie and Bruno."

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