"Jabberwocky" is written in ballad style, containing seven quatrains. A ballad traditionally narrates a love or adventure narrative and is broken into four-line stanzas that follow a precise rhyme scheme and meter. This is true here, since the stanzas also adhere to a pretty consistent ABAB rhyme scheme and iambic meter.
In the first stanza, the poet describes how he has seen "a vision". In the second stanza, he tells us that this vision has left him feeling very strange. The third stanza explains that this strange feeling comes from hearing the jabberwocky talking. In the fourth stanza, we are told that the jabberwocky has gone away and the poet is back to his normal self again.
This poem is considered by many to be one of the most difficult poems in all of literature. It was written by Lewis Carroll when he was 26 years old. He originally called it "The Hunting of the Snark", but later changed the title when he decided that it was too long for a newspaper poem.
Carroll wrote several other poems during his lifetime, but none as popular as "Jabberwocky". It's possible that this is because they were written for different audiences. While "Jabberwocky" is generally regarded as being very difficult, plain sailing stories with clear morals are more suitable for children.
"Jabberwocky" is composed entirely in quatrains (four-line stanzas) with the standard rhyme schemes ABAB, CDCD, and EFEF. The last line of each quatrain begins with the letter "j", except for the final line which ends with a "y". The poem was written as an exercise in English versification by Lewis Carroll. It was published in his 1871 book, Poems and Pictures by John Chandler Duskey.
This poetic form is known as a "quatrain". It consists of two balanced pairs of metrical lines usually containing four feet each: an iambic pentameter with a double meaning ("jabber" = talk fast, gabble; "wock" = block, hinder").
Carroll wrote the poem as an exercise in English versification. It was first published in his book, Poems and Pictures by John Chandler Duskey. The edition used here is number six of this collection. This book also includes poems by other authors such as "The Song of Hiawatha" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and "Paul Revere's Ride" by Edward Everett. "Jabberwocky" was widely read and appreciated during its original publication.
Jabberwocky has relatively little metaphorical language. This poem has alliteration and assonance. Gyre and gimble, claws that catch, and snicker-snatch are examples of alliteration. As previously stated, gimble and mimsy are examples of assonance.
Other types of metaphor include simile and metonymy. With a simile, two things that are different are compared, such as "the owl was hooting" for which there is no direct translation into English. With a metonym, one thing is used to describe another thing that is nearby. An example would be if I said the moon is red because it's covered with rust, that would be a metonymy.
In addition to these three main types of metaphors, there are other ways of describing experiences or ideas without using actual words itself. These include synecdoche (a part is used to represent the whole) and metonymy (a name is used instead of something closer at hand).
Finally, there is irony. Irony involves saying one thing but meaning its opposite. For example, if I said the sun was hot today but didn't mean it seriously, that would be ironic.
In conclusion, Jabberwocky uses all five main types of metaphors found in simple language.
The English poet Lewis Carroll wrote the nonsensical song "Jabberwocky" in 1871. Carroll utilizes nonsense phrases throughout a standard ballad form in "Jabberwocky" to portray a story of good vs evil that concludes in the death of the frightening Jabberwock. Carroll also uses imagery and metaphors from the poem "The Battle of Flowers" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson to tell the same story in a more traditional manner.
Nonsense poems are not new. They have been used throughout history as a means of expression for those who lack access to the English language or those who use language for its own sake rather than to communicate ideas. Modern poets such as Emily Dickinson, Edward Lear, and Carl Sandburg have all produced works using nonsense words and phrases. "Jabberwocky" is no exception and fits squarely into this category of poetry.
Dickinson used nonsense words and phrases as a way of creating images that were difficult to express in conventional English. For example, she often started poems with prepositions or other unusual word choices to get attention from readers. In this poem, both the bird and the liquid are meaningless phrases that only make sense when viewed individually or together as parts of a whole.