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Inspired by a post of oursin's on the subject of spontaneous recitations of Jabberwocky, here's a poll for you.

Do you know the words to Jabberwocky?

By heart!
Most of them, but I forget bits.
The odd line or three.
I know what poem you're talking about.
Never heard of it.


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Nov. 2nd, 2005 11:15 am (UTC)
Back when I was in junior high, we had this thing called Declamations, intended to polish our public speaking abilities. In the fall, we recited a poem: in the spring, we wrote something ourselves and read that. My fall poem was Jabberwocky.
Nov. 2nd, 2005 11:38 am (UTC)
You've reminded me of a spontaneous group recitation at worldcon in chicago invloving myself, Derek WINOLJ, and several other freinds of ours. (One of whom, along with Derek and myself, was also in a later year present for a spontaneous outburst of singing "The World Turned Upside Down" (as recorded by Billy Bragg) one fine Wiscon evening on the way back to the con from dinner)
Nov. 2nd, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC)
I was in the class that didn't do that at school, but I've heard enough people spouting lines from time to time that a few have caught.
Nov. 2nd, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC)
My friend kristenlou and I memorized this for fun in high school. Primo loves when I do a dramatic recitation. He is less impressed when I do the first few lines of the general prologue to the Canterbury Tales.
Nov. 2nd, 2005 04:55 pm (UTC)
I used to write it in the margins of my notes when I was bored in class. Now I sometimes recite it to my dogs.
Nov. 2nd, 2005 04:58 pm (UTC)
At a bar called "chaucer's tabard inn" in philadelphia, they used to give out a free drink to anyone who could recite jabberwocky. I had a pretty good idea of the poem before I started going there, but I memorized it word-for-word when I learned about their policy. At one point during a birthday celebration of mine in 2000, about 7 people recited it simultaneously, thus earning ourselves free drinks and pissing off the bartender. Since then, unfortunately, the place has gone under new management and the jabberwocky policy has been abolished. O tempora, o tothes!
Nov. 2nd, 2005 05:24 pm (UTC)
I can do it, but am still not sure of the pronunciation of some of the words -- hard 'g's or soft in 'gyre' and 'gimble', e.g.
Nov. 2nd, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
hard, one of my copies of Alice has a pronunciation guide written by Carroll.

In grade 4 my teacher insisted we memorise and recite a poem for some public speaking thing every month. Most of the class learned something of about 4 lines, or written by Shel Silverstein, or a kid's poem. I, being me, learned to recite every poem in Alice. I think Jabberwocky is the only one I can still do all of, but I might bring up Father William and Walrus and Carpenter if I tried hard
Nov. 3rd, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)
I miss the days of memorization ... Used to know so many things. I could still do the Owl and the Pussycat, I suppose, but the big chunks of Shakespeare? not so much. Gone with my French vocabulary ...
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