‘Callooh! Callay!’

Today my sister and I went to see the Alice in Wonderland movie. I actually had somewhat low expectations (as I generally do when a movie is made of a book that I love) so I actually enjoyed it. But it makes me want to reread the original.

The King’s Rose blog tour continues!


And now, for some Jabberwocky…(http://www.jabberwocky.com/carroll/jabber/jabberwocky.html)

Lewis Carroll

(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)

`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, has 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.

Published in: on March 22, 2010 at 11:55 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Also saw the new Alice the other week and I was pleasantly surprised. I don’t think I’ve ever read the original (horrors of horrors, I know!) and I’m thinking I should.
    Another Alice-related movie I found recently was “Phoebe in Wonderland” which was so wonderfully done – I highly recommend it.

  2. Thanks for the link! I enjoyed the film as well, though parts were predictable.

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