What is jabberwocky

Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

Lesson Plans by Kristy Littlehale

Student activities for Jabberwocky

"Jabberwocky" is one of the most famous poems in the English language, but not because of its content; instead, its nonsensical words and rhyme and rhythm make a unique work of art that stands out in the minds of readers. Lewis Carroll originally included the poem in his book Through the mirror and what Alice found there , the continuation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Alice originally comes across the poem when she realizes she has entered the world on the other side of the mirror. She holds a mirror for the poem and reads it, but it doesn't make any sense to her. The original first stanza was published by Carroll in 1855 as "Strophe der Anglo-Saxon Poetry". From this first stanza he performed the story of the killing of the evil Jabberwock and the son who triumphantly returns home to his father. While many scholars believe Carroll was inspired by the local Sunderland legend of the Lambton worm, the poem highlights the themes of good versus evil and the desire for parental approval.

Short version of "Jabberwocky"

The first and last stanzas are seemingly in gibberish, but many scholars agree that the stanzas provide a backdrop in the forest in the evening, with various animals moving and making noise. The second verse begins with a father warning his son of a monster with sharp teeth and claws called the Jabberwock; He also warns him about the Jubjub Vogel and the Bandersnatch. The son takes his sword and looks for the monsters. He is resting on the tumble tree when suddenly the Jabberwock appears. The son cuts off the jabberwock and takes his head back to his father, where his father welcomes him into his arms with joy at the boy's triumph.

Essential questions for "Jabberwocky"

  1. How important is the exact language in writing?
  2. How can context help us understand the meaning of words?
  3. What are some ways we try to prove ourselves to others?
  4. What are legends and where do they come from?

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