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The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll
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Jun 21, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: poetry, fantasy, favorites, victorian-literature
Read on June 21, 2012

A truly exquisite poem. Lewis Carroll's masterpieces have too long languished under the oppressive title of "children's literature." This absurd, hilarious, hypnotic, and even disquieting poem deserves to stand alongside any of the other great poetical triumphs of the Nineteenth century, or any other century for that matter. To fully appreciate its majestic use of language and wordplay, try chanting it aloud to yourself while you read or learn some stanzas to recite. It is then that one can truly appreciate that The Hunting of the Snark is one of the great extended poems of the English language, on par with (I would even argue it's superior to) Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

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