, logician, Anglican deacon
and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass
, as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark
" and "Jabberwocky
", all examples of the genre of literary nonsense
. He is noted for his facility at word play
, logic, and fantasy, and there are societies dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of his works and the investigation of his life in many parts of the world, including the United Kingdom, Japan, the United States, and New Zealand.
Dodgson's family was predominantly northern English, with Irish connections.
I charm in vain; for never again,All keenly as my glance I bend,Will Memory, goddess coy,Embody for my joyDeparted days, nor let me gazeOn thee, my fairy friend!
As this poem is to some extent connected with the lay of the Jabberwock, let me take this opportunity of answering a question that has often been asked me, how to pronounce "slithy toves." The "i" in "slithy" is long, as in "writhe"; and "toves" is pronounced so as to rhyme with "groves." Again, the first "o" in "borogoves" is pronounced like the "o" in "borrow." I have heard people try to give it the sound of the "o" in "worry." Such is Human Perversity.
"Just the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried, As he landed his crew with care; Supporting each man on the top of the tide By a finger entwined in his hair.
He had bought a large map representing the sea, Without the least vestige of land: And the crew were much pleased when they found it to be A map they could all understand.
'Other maps are such shapes, with their islands and capes!But we've got our brave captain to thank'(So the crew would protest) 'that he's bought us the best — A perfect and absolute blank!'
But the principal failing occurred in the sailing,And the Bellman, perplexed and distressed,Said he had hoped, at least, when the wind blew due EastThat the ship would not travel due West!