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Full title The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits [permalink]
Language English
Authors Lewis Carroll (author) and Mervyn Peake (illustrator)
Publisher Lighthouse Books
Categories Nonsense and poetry
Publication year 1948
Original publication year 1876
Pages 46
Synopsis

A group of people (a Bellman, a Boots, a Bonnet-maker, a Barrister, a Broker, a Billiard-marker, a Banker, a Butcher, a Baker, and a Beaver) leave on a ship to hunt the eponymous snark, a strange creature which, if it is of the Boojum type, will make you vanish and never be seen from again!

Review

A very short, humorous, and entertaining absurd poem; the helmsman's brought a blank map (much easier to read, you see), the Baker forgets his name and luggage, the captain gives contradictory navigation orders, etc. Some words are just made up, like Snark, Boojum, and fromious. The general feel of the poem is of playful punning and light-hearted rhymes. I definitely recommend it, though since it's so short, there's not much to say about it.

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Structure [Toggle visibility]
  • Preface
  • Fit the First: The Landing
  • Fit the Second: The Bellman's Speech
  • Fit the Third: The Baker's Tale
  • Fit the Fourth: The Hunting
  • Fit the Fifth: The Beaver's Lesson
  • Fit the Sixth: The Barrister's Dream
  • Fit the Seventh: The Banker's Fate
  • Fit the Eigth: The Vanishing

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