There was an old man of Port Grigor,
Whose actions were noted for vigour;
He stood on his head
till his waistcoat turned red,
That eclectic old man of Port Grigor.
He was black in the face,
and they scarcely could trace
The least likeness to what he had been:
While so great was his fright
that his waistcoat turned white –
A wonderful thing to be seen!
Martin Gardner annotated (MG058) to The Hunting of the Snark that Elizabeth Sewell pointed out in The Field of Nonsense (1973) that a line in Carroll’s poem has a similarity to a line in a limerick by Edward Lear.
- Alex Dalenberg (2014-04-02): A Sense for Nonsense: From Edward Lear to Lewis Carroll to Dr. Seuss
- Article in Knight Letter #99
- On Borrowing
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2017-09-11, update: 2018-12-07