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Poem rec, 4/5 -- O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Poem rec, 4/5 -- O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!
After some oh-so-serious topics, I feel like just doing one for fun--Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky."

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

I mean... dude. It's "Jabberwocky." Sometimes it's good to just cut loose and play.


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jiminyc From: jiminyc Date: April 5th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I LOVE 'Jabberwocky.' There are so many words in that poem that I still use in my regular vocabulary.

When my kids were little and used to space out (when they're thinking about something, but it just looks like they're staring into space) we'd call it being caught in uffish thought.

But ever since we read The Stand to the kids, we've all started calling it going to see the elephant. :)
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 5th, 2006 11:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Schoolhouse Rock icon! WHEE!

Heh, "going to see the elephant." It's a good phrase. But "uffish thought" is good, too.
versinae From: versinae Date: April 5th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I keep meaning to insult someone by calling them a frumious bandersnatch. It kinda sounds dirty, though.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 5th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's worth a shot. What the heck? Everything becomes dirty eventually.
harriet_wimsey From: harriet_wimsey Date: April 5th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! I unintentionally memorized "Jabberwocky"--I just liked it so much that read it often, and one day discovered that I could recite it. Now when my mind wanders in class and I need to do something to keep myself occupied, I write out that poem.
keestone From: keestone Date: April 7th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)
You mean I'm not the only person who does that? I think I'm in shock.

I had The Walrus and the Carpenter memorized for a while there too, but it didn't quite have the staying power of Jabberwocky.
harriet_wimsey From: harriet_wimsey Date: April 7th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I do that all the time! I tried to memorize the Walrus and the Carpenter on purpose for a while (again, to keep me occupied during class) but after a while I forgot to continue. So I know several stanzas in a row here and there, but I can't just recite the whole thing.
kelleypen From: kelleypen Date: April 5th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have it memorized too. Love that poem. And it totally makes my students see double when I'm talking about contextual clues to meaning and recite that poem.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 5th, 2006 11:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yeah. I'd love to see that as a reading comp exercise, because being able to read "Jabberwocky" means you know how to read. And, unlike other exercises, it's fun!
greyathena From: greyathena Date: April 5th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
I chortle in my joy. :)
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: April 5th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
matril From: matril Date: April 5th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay! Now that's having a whole lot of fun with language. There's something marvelously evocative about the nonsense words. They seem to have a meaning that I've just temporarily forgotten.
erised1810 From: erised1810 Date: April 5th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
akashasheiress From: akashasheiress Date: April 5th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that poem - it feeds the Python fand in me.:D
dramaturgy From: dramaturgy Date: April 5th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ahhh! "Twas brilig and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe..."

I love Jabberwocky. :D
siegeofangels From: siegeofangels Date: April 5th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was older than I should have been when I finally got Jabberwocky. Heard it in, oh, fourth grade and was all, "Eh?" Many years later, I read it and thought, "Oh, neat!" I get there in the end.

This has the niftiest Jabberwocky word-art thing ever.
From: _kneebiter Date: April 6th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)
That entire site is ooooooooooooh. I have got to find out if that person allows his artwork (specifically Elements) to be used as iconage.
vytresna From: vytresna Date: April 5th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I always picture it to the tune of Jefferson and Liberty for some reason.
sannalim From: sannalim Date: April 5th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
My poetry education is woefully deficient, but Jabberwocky I know and love. It's one of those absolute classics of the English language.

aeljn From: aeljn Date: April 6th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes! Memorized that one years ago! Did you know that a vorpal blade appears in the comic, "Fables"? (Its sound effect is "snicker-snack".)

Isn't "Jabberwocky" where the word "chortle" comes from?

keestone From: keestone Date: April 7th, 2006 01:16 am (UTC) (Link)
My all time favorite! By the way, have you seen Jabberwocky translated into Esperanto, Klingon or Koine Greek?
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