Allegory, riddle, nonsense? Carroll himself was said to have admitted he didn't know. It can be viewed on one level as simply playing with words and rhyme. Yet there are subtle sub-texts that have baffled and delighted enthusiasts for years. Unpeeling an onion is one way of describing this work. Reading too much into a nonsense story in verse is another. Still worth a look to decide for yourself. Maybe the blank map is a clue to the real meaning. This poem is a personal journey and the map we need to populate for ourselves. Enjoy and good hunting!--Submitted by Paul Snarkhunter
Pictorial allusions in Henry Holiday's Illustrations to Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark": snrk.de
I'm in love with the way he comes up with all of these story lines and especially the names he makes.
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