Lewis Carroll

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Lewis Carroll

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Lewis Carroll is a very interesting author, and all of his works have lots of hidden meanings to find and decipher. In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Carroll hides meaning about children and adults, and how both see the world. I reall like how he can write nonsense verses, but he puts so much thought into each word, even if it is made up, that you can know basically what all the words mean from the context, and you can understand the poem


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Biographical Info

He was the third of eleven children.He was named Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, but he used the name Lewis Carroll (derived from the Latin version of his given name) to publish his poems. He was born on January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England.He died on January 14 1898 in Guildford, Surrey, England.He went to Rugby school, and Christ Church College in Oxford, and later stayed on to teach at Christ Church College.He studied mathematics and writing, and was ordained as a deacon, but he never preached at the college.He had an interest in photography and used Alice Liddell, the basis for his famous character by the same name, as his favorite subject.The famous book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and it's sequel Through the Looking-Glass were both originally stories that Dodgson told to entertain Alice and her sisters on a boating trip.

Carroll had significant influence on many things. He wrote at least a dozen books on mathematics and logic using his given name. He also wrote several important mathematical proofs, and came up with some important ideas for algebra. He is also credited with creating and popularizing several forms of wordplay, like the word ladder and the acrostic. He is most famous for his clever use of nonsense verse, especially in his classic tale, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.


Why I Picked Him

Carroll's poems were mostly nonsense verse poems, with made up words. He also used lots of wordplay in his poems. He wrote several "parallel poems", where he took an author's poem and rewrote it with a different meaning, usually meant as a political jibe of some sort. Most of his poems have deeper meanings that relate to social standing and the sort of thing that were important in his timeperiod of living.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy tovesDid gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogovesAnd the mome raths outgrabe."Beware the Jabberwock, my sonThe jaws that bite, the claws that catch!Beware the Jubjub bird, and shunThe frumious Bandersnatch!"He took his vorpal sword in hand;Long time the manxome foe he sought-So rested he by the Tumtum tree,And stood awhile in thought.And, as in uffish thought he stood,The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame, Came wiffling through the tulgey wood, And burbled as it came!One, two! One, two! And through and throughThe vorpal blade went snicker-snack!He left it dead, and with its headHe went galumphing back."And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?Come to my arms, my beamish boy!O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"He chortled in his joy.'Twas brillig, and the slithy tovesDid gyre and gimble in the wabe;All mimsy were the borogoves,And the mome raths outgrabe.

The JabberwockyAlice's Adventures in WonderlandThrough the Looking-GlassHunting of the SnarkCuriosa Mathematic

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