JABBERWOCKY

- By Lewis Carroll
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Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (/ˈlʌtwɪdʒ ˈdɒdʒsən/; 27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898), better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English writer of children's fiction, notably Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass. He was noted for his facility with word play, logic, and fantasy. The poems "Jabberwocky" and The Hunting of the Snark are classified in the genre of literary nonsense. He was also a mathematician, photographer, inventor, and Anglican deacon. Carroll came from a family of high-church Anglicans, and developed a long relationship with Christ Church, Oxford, where he lived for most of his life as a scholar and teacher. Alice Liddell, daughter of the Dean of Christ Church, Henry Liddell, is widely identified as the original for Alice in Wonderland, though Carroll always denied this. Scholars are divided about whether his relationship with children included an erotic component.
'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.

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Word Lists:

Galumph : move in a clumsy, ponderous, or noisy manner

Beamish : beaming with happiness, optimism, or anticipation.

Chortle : laugh in a breathy, gleeful way; chuckle

Shun : persistently avoid, ignore, or reject (someone or something) through antipathy or caution

Claw : a curved pointed horny nail on each digit of the foot in birds, lizards, and some mammals.

Foe : an enemy or opponent

Flame : a hot glowing body of ignited gas that is generated by something on fire

Through : moving in one side and out of the other side of (an opening, channel, or location)

Thought : an idea or opinion produced by thinking, or occurring suddenly in the mind

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Rating: A

Words: 167

Unique Words : 91

Sentences : 17

Reading Time : 0:44

Noun : 72

Conjunction : 23

Adverb : 1

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 7

Pronoun : 16

Verb : 20

Preposition : 14

Letter Count : 718

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Neutral (Slightly Conversational)

Difficult Words : 46

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