Poem of the Week – “Jabberywocky”

“Jabberwocky”

’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 Carroll
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Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll

Through the Looking Glass

So I realized recently that I had reviewed Alice in Wonderland shortly after starting this blog, but I hadn’t done Through the Looking Glass yet. So, I decided it was about time I fixed that!

I read this book ages ago and then I read it again for school a couple years ago. I absolutely loved it, how can you not? It’s got music and poems and crazy characters. However, I can also admit that this one left me significantly more confused than Alice did. I’m not sure if it was because I read it for school or if it was because it was actually more confusing than the last. I’m thinking both.

Both is Good

Through the Looking Glass follows Alice as she travels through a mirror to an alternate world. Just like in Alice in Wonderland, Alice encounters many strange happenings in this new reality. She meets Tweedledum and Tweedledee, encounters the Mad Hatter and the March Hare for the second time, and also meets Humpty Dumpty. She meets all of these wacky characters while crossing various brooks to reach new parts of the world. Its essentially a giant game of chess in which Alice travels through various parts of the world and when she reaches the end she’ll become queen. As someone who loves chess, I thoroughly enjoyed this part of the book.

However, my favourite part of the book was when Alice reads the “Jabberwocky” poem. All throughout the book, various characters give Alice their interpretations of the poem, but no matter what it is, Alice still never fully gets it. Though this doesn’t stop it from being brilliant. “Jabberywocky” doesn’t really make much sense, which is sort of the point as it’s considered a nonsense poem. But despite it not making sense I really enjoy reading it. Its a great poem and is really fun to read out loud. You can find a link to the full poem below.

“Jabberwocky”

This really is a great book with a lot of great aspects, though I must admit that I enjoyed Alice in Wonderland more. There were definitely certain aspects of this book that I enjoyed, like meeting Tweedledum and Tweedledee and the “Jabberywocky” poem, however I enjoyed the story of Alice in Wonderland more.

Have you read Through the Looking Glass? What did you think? Did you prefer Alice in Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass?

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Top Five Reads of 2014

Unfortunately, I didn’t have a whole lot of time to read in 2014. Between school and then work and life in general, I really didn’t read as much as I wish I could have and I’ll definitely be making sure to read a lot more this year! Nonetheless, here are my top five reads of 2014 (not in any specific order)!

1) The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien

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I am a huge fan of Tolkien and I am so happy I was finally able to read this book from cover to cover this year. I would always start it, get about half way through, and then have to stop so I could read something for school. But this year I was determined to read it and I was so thankful I did. It is an absolutely amazing book and I enjoyed it immensely.

Full Review of The Hobbit Here

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2) A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning, Lemony Snicket

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I’ve read this book multiple times and actually made my way through most of the series. I made it up to book ten and then didn’t have the chance to read the last four. I decided to start the series over and am glad I did as I am enjoying the books just as much as I did the first time.

Full Review Coming Soon

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3) Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

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I read this one twice this year for school. I love Alice in Wonderland, whether it’s the novel or the films or anything else. It’s a great story that is enjoyable no matter who you are.

Full Review of Alice in Wonderland Here

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4) Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll

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Like Alice, this was read for class. Also like Alice, I love this story and have read it several times, previous to the three I did for class. Full of poems and songs and stories, Through the Looking Glass is truly a magical read.

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5) The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

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I absolutely loved this book! I read it twice this year and can tell it’s going to become one of my annual reads. John Green wrote a true masterpiece here that can be enjoyed by anyone, young adult or not.

Full Review of The Fault in Our Stars Here

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What were your top reads of 2014?

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