|Cover art by Sir John Tenniel|
|Classic illustration by Sir John Tenniel|
The classic nonsense poem, "Jabberwocky,” by Lewis Carroll is featured as part of his novel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, and is first published in 1872 (a sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland). It begins:
'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
"Jabberwocky" is generally considered one of the greatest nonsense poems written in the English language.
This poem has been much adapted, interpreted and parodied. You can find musical and video versions, graphic novel interpretations, and even Savage Chicken cartoons! For a literary version, look for Canadian publisher Kids Can Press and their graphic "Visions in Poetry" series. They have an intriguing book version illustrated by Stephane Jorisch that offers "a provocative commentary on contemporary media, politics, warfare, religion and gender roles."
Other picture book versions illustrated by Graeme Base or Joel Stewart offer younger readers interesting visual interpretations, too.
Don't miss the Poetry Friday party that PFA/PFAMS poet Robyn Hood Black is hosting over at Read, Write, Howl. See you there!
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