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The Hunting of the Snark

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An Agony in 8 Fits



(1876)



This nonsensical verse poem at times borrows from Carroll's "Jabberwocky"



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

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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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