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And by the way...this is a jabberwocky, as illustrated by Sir John Tenniel. Creepy much?

Curiouser and curiouser…that’s the theme this week in the bar, with a few words from one of England’s wackiest writers: Lewis Caroll. The author of the legendary Alice in Wonderland – a staple engrained into the very heart of modern western culture – one of his most famous creations actually came within its sequel, in the form of a poem: “The Jabberwocky.”

Nonsense is the name of the game – and this work is considered one of the greatest bits of whimsy and fancy produced by the English language…comprised of many made-up yet perfect words. Many of them words that have since entered into the actual language. Ever wonder, after all, where the word “chortle” came from?

Get ready to get silly.

~Chris Galford

(And not to shamelessly self-advertise, but if you’ve got a free moment after your perusal, stop by the Waking Den, where I’ve got a special announcement or two of my own.)


” ‘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.”

~Lewis Caroll

Thank you Chris, next to last week in our pub game and here are your questions:

1. Name 3 poets that people imitated for the Poetics prompt. (15 points)

2. Name the blog of the guest host for one of our prompts this week (5 points)

3. What poet wrote about dragons for OpenLinkNight? (15 points)

As always, please send you answers to dversepoets@gmail.com and after next week we will announce a winner!