Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

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"Jabberwocky" (pg 730) by Lewis Carroll
1. I could see the speaker of this poem to be a man telling his son a folklore about the "Jabberwock" around a campfire. I think this because of the intensity of the speaker and how he says, "Beware the Jabberwock, my son!"
2. The speaker and the author could be telling the same story, but the author is meaning to mock the despair of writers. Unless the man telling his son the story is a writer, he proabably wouldn't understand.
3. The attitude toward the subject seems to be excited and intense. With the intensity, he is either making fun of it, or just excited for the sake of his son.
4. The whole poem has an apostrophe. The Jabberwock is a metaphor for the despair of having to continually count meters and create rhyme. Since the despair cannot do that itself, Carroll created a personification by turning despair into the Jabberwock.
5. A metaphor in this poem is, "The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame." This is showing how angry the Jabberwock is.
6. The syntax isn't necessarily unconventional, but maybe more of an older form that people don't speak anymore. The diction is more playful, but with formal wording.
7. This poem is a quatrain, because it has an ABAB rhyme scheme. Carroll probably wrote in this form because it is very common, especially to younger children.
8. The reason of writing this poem is to make fun of "the concern of poets to fid something new, or mocking their despair at having continually to count meters
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