June 6, 2010

Well, I’m sure like most people, I’ve been watching Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland obsessively. I kept trying to remember something about the Jabberwocky, like a song lyric I keep humming but can’t remember. Then I realized.

`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.

It’s the same poem that the Mad Hatter recites to Alice and I knew I had heard it before because  it’s in a book by Lewis Carrol Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found Their.

I love stuff like this and I have tried to find a book about all this stuff. I did at Disney and when I go back I plan on getting it. But if anyone knows of a book that holds all things Alice then please share.


Alice: Unbirthday? I’m sorry, but I don’t quite understand.
March Hare: It’s very simple. Now, thirty days has Septem -No. wait… An unbirthday, if you have a birthday, then you –  [laughs]
March Hare: She doesn’t know what an unbirthday is.


2 Responses to “Underland”

  1. Y’know, if you ever get the chance to visit Oxford, it’s practically Alice-Central. Charles Dogson shamelessly parodied every thing there… it’s pretty brilliant. I’m pretty lucky to live (relatively) near there.

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