I'll let you in on the Joke....

For me as a nerdy child, it always felt like a private little joke between the author and us. The Jabberwocky poem looks like gobblygook and doesn't make any sense unless read out loud. It's all about the alliterations and even Alice doesn't understand it. I'm going to read it aloud so can laugh with me. Here's one of my favorite poems, as a child and still today, the Jabberwocky poem from Alice in Wonderland's the Looking Glass. <3




There was a book lying near Alice on the table, and while she sat watching the White Knight... she turned over the leaves, to find some part that she could read, "-for it's all in some language I don't know," she said to herself.


It was like this.



Jabberwocky

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.


She puzzled over this for some time, but at last a bright thought struck her.
"Why it's a Looking-glass book, of course!
And, if I hold it up to the glass, the words will all go the right way again."



Jabberwocky

By Lewis Carroll

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

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

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought —
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.


"It seems very pretty," she said when she had finished it, "but it's rather hard to understand!"

(You see she didn't like to confess, even to herself, that she couldn't make it out at all.)