Lewis Carroll

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Lewis Carroll makes me laugh. I’ve never been one for serious poetry, don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against it and some of it can be very moving, but I’ve never enjoyed it as much as I enjoy listening to music. However, poetry I do like and enjoy is the funny stuff, especially Lewis Carroll. He had a way with words that resonate with me. I think he’s the kind of writer that you either love or hate, a little bit like Marmite! Here’s an example of his work:


How Doth The Little Crocodile – Lewis Carroll

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 is claws,
And welcomes little fishes in,
With gently smiling jaws.

You see, it’s fun, though I doubt the fishes think so. I also love his play on words that he does in poems like


The Jaberwocky – Lewis Carroll

‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

He had a big influence over John Lennon who wrote a couple of books of poetry and short stories, ‘In His Own Write’ and ‘A Spaniard In The Works’.  Here’s a few lines as an example:


Good Dog Nigel – John Lennon

Arf, Arf, he goes, a merry sight,
Our little hairy friend,
Arf, Arf, upon the lampost bright
Arfing round the bend.

John Lennon

I hope you have enjoyed these 2 short snippets from 2 wordsmiths of different generations. I find myself sitting quietly sometimes and a few lines of ‘nonsense’ will come into my head. Here’s my example:


Spikey Like A Pickle – Me

In the morning when I’m tired,
Waiting for a tickle,
I have no work, I am retired,
Spiky like a pickle!

Silly Old Sod

There you have it. You can find more about Lewis Carroll here.

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  • Anonymous
    January 9, 2016

    I love it

    • admin
      January 9, 2016

      Than you.

  • Janice
    January 9, 2016

    Hi, I tried to comment from the WordPress app and as has happened in the past for you, it said the comment couldn’t be sent. So I am trying again on the Internet. I enjoyed the poems– they made me laugh. I also enjoyed the quote — I like the idea of a huge cup of tea that stays hot 🙂

    • admin
      January 9, 2016

      Hi Janice. Sorry about that, I just don’t know why it doesn’t let you post from the app. I’m glad you got through on the internet though. I would be so happy with a cup of tea that large. Thank you.

  • quotidian2911
    September 29, 2020

    Loved it!!!

    • Trev
      September 29, 2020

      Thank you. 😊

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Lewis Carroll

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