THE CROCODILE

- 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.

THE CROCODILE

"Untitled" by David Clode is licensed under CC0.

How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!

How cheerfully he seems to grin,
How neatly spreads his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in,
With gently smiling jaws!

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Word Lists:

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

Upbeat : (in music) an unaccented beat preceding an accented beat.

Scale : each of the small, thin horny or bony plates protecting the skin of fish and reptiles, typically overlapping one another.

Shine : (of the sun or another source of light) give out a bright light

Improve : make or become better

Spread : open out (something) so as to extend its surface area, width, or length

Gentle : having or showing a mild, kind, or tender temperament or character

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