Jabberwocky Summary & Analysis by Lewis Carroll

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"Jabberwocky" is a nonsensical ballad written by the English poet Lewis Carroll in 1871. The poem appears in his novel, Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There, the sequel to the famous Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In "Jabberwocky," Carroll uses nonsensical words throughout a typical ballad form to tell a tale of good versus evil, which culminates in the killing of the fearsome Jabberwock. The poem is often praised not only for its creative language, but for its highly sonic and memorizable nature, appealing just as much to our ears as it does to our imaginations.

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