The Hunting Of The Snark
THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK
an Agony in Eight Fits
"If-and the thing is wildly possible-the charge of writing nonsense
were ever brought against the author of this brief but instructive
poem, it would be based, I feel convinced, on the line (in p.4)"
"Then the bowsprit got mixed with the rudder sometimes."
"In view of this painful possibility, I will not (as I might) appeal
indignantly to my other writings as a proof that I am incapable of
such a deed: I will not (as I might) point to the strong moral purpose
of this poem itself, to the arithmetical principles so cautiously
inculcated in it, or to its noble teachings in Natural History- -I will
take the more prosaic course of simply explaining how it happened."
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