"Jabberwocky" is most likely the most well-known nonsensical poem ever written in English. The great bulk of the words in this poem are the author's brilliant ideas. "Jabberwocky" is the inspiration for the immensely successful Disney film, Alice in Wonderland, along with its sister work, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
Lewis Carroll was a Cambridge professor who also wrote other novels such as Sylvie and Bruno Concluded. He was a very influential figure in the development of modern linguistics and semiotics. In addition to his literary achievements, he is also known for his contributions to mathematics and philosophy. His work has had a major impact on both children's books and nonsense poetry.
The poem itself is composed of 8 lines with 29 syllables in each line. It contains no punctuation except for one final full stop at the end of the last line.
The poem was first published in 1871 in Carroll's collection of poems entitled Poems, Songs, and Ballads. It describes a dream experienced by its protagonist, a young man named John. In the dream, he meets a beautiful girl named Alice. She tells him that he must eat some cake if he wants to see her again. When he does so, she disappears.
Carroll intended "Jabberwocky" to be read as poetry. It is therefore not necessary to understand all of its references.
What exactly is Jabberwocky? Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) wrote the nonsensical poem "Jabberwocky" in his 1871 novel Through the Looking-Glass. The poem depicts a little kid who is warned of a monster known as the Jabberwock. In addition, it mentions that the creature will give the child three gifts before killing him.
Carroll claimed he created the character of the Jabberwock to represent evil with just enough resemblance to reality to be dangerous but not so much as to be believable. However, many scholars believe that the character is based on an actual person or thing. They say that Jabez Saltonstall, the governor of Massachusetts, may have inspired Carroll to write about a monster that can kill you with a single blow.
Other theories include: Edward II, Henry VIII, Charles I, and King George III. There are even those who think that Jabberwocky could be a reference to the word jabberwocky which means "mixture of words often meaningless together."
In any case, the poem is famous for its ambiguous ending: "The end". This leaves readers wondering what kind of gift will the Jabberwock give the child? Will it be a ring? A sword?
Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" is a nonsensical poem about the slaying of a monster called "the Jabberwock." She is as perplexed by the meaningless poem as she is by the strange realm she has entered, which is subsequently revealed to be a dreamscape. "Jabberwocky" is widely regarded as one of the best nonsensical poems ever written in English.
Carroll wrote the poem in 1872 while working on his first book for Macmillan: A Tangled Tale. He had been commissioned by publisher John S. Arthur to write more stories for children. During this time, he also developed a new mode of writing that he called "carol singing," which involved setting poems to music.
In 1926, American composer Frederick Loewe adapted "Jabberwocky" into an opera titled "Grimm's Fairy Tales." The opera was a success and has been frequently performed since then. In addition, it has been used as the basis for several other works, such as a 1942 film starring Judy Garland.
Carroll died in 1898, but his work continues to be popular today. His books are still in print and have been translated into many languages.
Through the Looking-Glass, the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, was published in 1871. (1865). Alice's adventures in the back-to-front realm of Looking-Glass Land are told in the book. At the end of the story, she wakes up again to her ordinary world with the Jabberwock still dead.
Carroll wrote several poems during his lifetime, but only two of them were published at that time: "The Walrus and the Carpenter" and "Jabberwocky." In 1952, John F. Baker edited out all the nonsense words from "Jabberwocky" and gave the remaining lines to a young American poet named Robert Graves. Graves added the word "grails" before the final line of the poem making it complete. This edition was later reprinted in 1969 by an academic publisher named Oxford University Press. In addition to editing the poem, Graves provided an introduction to the poem for his edition.
Graves died in 1993 at the age of eighty-one. He is now considered one of the founders of modern fantasy literature.
'jaberwocky' means 'jabbering wight' in elvish.