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 A Parody on the Poem ‘Jabberwocky’

Written by H Coley, Pupil in Form V, Lincoln Girls’ High School, 1900

From the Garton Archive: Item of Interest

Many of you will be familiar with Lewis Carroll’s celebrated ‘nonsense’ poem, originally published in 1872 in his novel ‘Alice through the Looking-Glass’. Puzzled by the strange world in which Alice has ventured, she discovers a book written in unintelligible language, but realises that she is inhabiting an inverted world, and holds up one of the pages against a mirror to reveal the poem ‘Jabberwocky’. Of course she finds the nonsense verse as puzzling as the dreamscape she has encountered.  Most primary school pupils will have come across the poem, and many teachers will have used it in drama classes, or indeed as an interesting and imaginative way of teaching grammar. Others will have simply enjoyed it for its whimsical language and dramatic appeal.

Both the Lincoln School and Lincoln Girls’ High School magazines contain many examples of original writing in many different styles. The following example is a parody on the poem ‘Jabberwocky’, written by a pupil (aged 15) at the Girls’ High School, and published in the Christmas 1900 edition of the School magazine. I found it both amusing and highly imaginative. I have decided to reproduce it below in its original form, despite the technical difficulties in scanning from a large and cumbersome book, and from two different pages.

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