Did you know that lace-making is evil? 273    The Boots and the Broker were sharpening a spade— 274        Each working the grindstone in turn: 275    But the Beaver went on making lace, and displayed 276        No interest in the concern: 277    Though the Barrister tried to … Continue reading “Lace-Making”

Nose is a Nose is a Nose

A Snark article in the Knight Letter (with lots of help from the editors Chris Morgan and Mark Burstein) Source: Knight Letter (ISSN 0193-886X), Fall 2017, Number 99 When I wrote this article, I failed to mention that already in 1973 Elizabeth Sewell pointed out in The Field of Nonsense that a line in Carroll’s … Continue reading “Nose is a Nose is a Nose”

Carroll Tackles Vivisection

It’s National Poetry Month? Nonsense! […] April 9, 2018 [Author: Matt Dilworth] mdilwort […] Yet nonsense poems, and Carroll’s in particular, often carry significant political undertones. For example, in Carroll’s “The Hunting of the Snark”, he tackles vivisection and the role of anthrocentrist activities in scientific pursuit. […] Yes, I thought so.   MG019, MG050 … Continue reading “Carroll Tackles Vivisection”

The Baker’s 42 Boxes

The Baker’s 42 boxes (MG011) might be a reference to Thomas Cranmer’s 42 Articles. The Baker’s 42 Boxes are the original Protestant Articles of 1553, with Thomas Cranmer’s name on each. Angus MacIntyre, The Reverend Snark, Jabberwocky 23(1994): 51-52   I suggest that this belongs to Carroll’s references to Thomas Cranmer. A Baker is exposed … Continue reading “The Baker’s 42 Boxes”

Martin Gardner’s Snark Annotations

Today I start to refer to Martin Gardner’s annotations to The Hunting of the Snark in a more systematical way. Admittedly, I should have done that much earlier. I didn’t read the annotations carefully enough. As an example, Martin Gardner annotated (MG058) to The Hunting of the Snark that Elizabeth Sewell pointed out in The … Continue reading “Martin Gardner’s Snark Annotations”