A Little Lewis Carroll


‘”It seems a shame,” the Walrus said,
“To play them such a trick,
After we’ve brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!”
The Carpenter said nothing but
“The butter’s spread too thick!”

“I weep for you,” the Walrus said:
“I deeply sympathize.”
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.

“O Oysters,” said the Carpenter,
“You’ve had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?”
But answer came there none-
And this was scarcely odd, because
They’d eaten every one.’

-Lewis Carroll

 

The Walrus and the Carpenter is one of my favorites of Lewis Carroll’s.  It is recited by Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum in Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Both are, of course, amazing.  This is only the very end of the poem, but I’m sure you get the gist.  It’s about how two schmoozing guys get the guard of a group of naive oysters to unknowingly skip to their own demise.

I love all of the non-chalant deception and how charming and slick the characters are made out to be.

I love his rhyming scheme of ABCBDB- it’s so simple, but it’s still nice and interesting.

I didn’t mean for this to be such a short rambling, but I feel I’ve said all that need be- without being redundant.

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