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As we sit and lament two thousand twenty
Disease, riots, crackpots a-plenty
You might have avoided this verse in the long run
Had the days of July not been thirty-one
That should take care of the doggerel. So now let’s turn to Tweedledum and Tweedledee for some better “nonsense.”
The time has come,’ the Walrus said,
To talk of many things:
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing-wax —
Of cabbages — and kings —
And why the sea is boiling hot —
And whether pigs have wings.
But wait a bit,’ the Oysters cried,
Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!’
No hurry!’ said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.
While I’d thought of posting all 18 stanzas of The Walrus and the Carpenter, I opted for my two favorites, stanzas eleven and twelve, for brevity–and in case anyone feels sorry for the oysters. Lewis Carroll is also well-known for Jabberwocky, but I prefer this poem, in chapter four of Through the Looking Glass, for its narrative nature. Although many prefer limericks as their “nonsense verse” of choice, the rhyming in these stanzas is a worthy example of the genre.
Much has been written about what the Walrus and the Carpenter represent. Great Britain and the U.S.? Buddha and Jesus Christ? But I prefer to see them as . . . a walrus and a carpenter. It makes less sense.Published in