We have finally started our poetry unit in Language Arts class. My teacher assigned each of us a different famous poet. We also have to memorize one of the poems and recite it to the class. I was assigned the famous poet Lewis Carroll.

NPG P7(26),Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson),by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)Charles Lutwidge Dodgson is a famous poet. He goes under a pseudonym called Lewis Carroll. He was born in Daresbury, United Kingdom on January 27,1832. Lewis Carroll was the eldest son of eleven siblings. He was not only a poet, he was also a photographer, mathematician, logician, English writer, and an Anglican deacon. Lewis Carroll had a very bad fever when he was young that caused him to be deaf in one ear. Later on in his life, he caught the Alice Liddelwhooping cough and he also suffered a knee injury. He lived to the age of 65. He died on January 14, 1898.

Usually, Lewis Carroll writes a lot of poetry that is fantasy. For example, The Jabberwocky, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, and many others. He also made a sequel to Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland called Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. Lewis Carroll was famous for his photography. He took pictures of young kids and his favorite model was a girl named Alice. This lead to him creating Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, which was based off of Alice. One thing that he was famous for is his word play.

One poem by Lewis Carroll that inspires me is Father William. The poem is about an old guy named Father William. His son asked the old guy why are you doing this and that. What Father William was doing was standing on his head, he did a back-somersault, he ate a goose with the bones and beak, and he balanced an eel at the end of his nose. Father William answered all the questions in a wise and witty format except the last one. What he said instead was “I have answered three questions, and that is enough. Don’t give yourself airs! Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff? Be off, or I’ll kick you downstairs!” All the answers were similar because they were all related to why he does playful things even though he’s old. He did not care that he was old and did not feel he had to explain himself to his son. Out of all the poems Lewis Carroll wrote, I chose this one because I can relate to it. I can relate to Father William because I usually do not like answering many questions and I also try to make things a little humorous.  The poem is below.

“You are old, Father William,” the young man said,

“And your hair has become very white;

And yet you incessantly stand on your head–

Do you think, at your age, it is right?”

“In my youth,” Father William replied to his son,

“I feared it might injure the brain;

But, now that I’m perfectly sure I have none,

Why, I do it again and again.”

“You are old,” said the youth, “as I mentioned before,

And have grown most uncommonly fat;

Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door–

Pray, what is the reason of that?”

“In my youth,” said the sage, as he shook his gray locks,

“I kept all my limbs very supple

By the use of this ointment — one shilling the box —

Allow me to sell you a couple?”

“You are old,” said the youth, “and your jaws are too weak

For anything tougher than suet;

Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak–

Pray, how did you manage to do it?”

“In my youth,” said his father, “I took to the law,

And argued each case with my wife;

And the muscular strength which it gave to my jaw

Has lasted the rest of my life.”

“You are old,” said the youth, “one would hardly suppose

That your eye was as steady as ever;

Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose–

What made you so awfully clever?”

“I have answered three questions, and that is enough,”

Said his father; “don’t give yourself airs!

Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?

Be off, or I’ll kick you down-stairs!”

I enjoy reading biographies of different poets because they are interesting. I especially like Lewis Carroll because he had so many health issues and he still became a famous poet and did many other jobs. I also like his poems because I like fantasy poems and books. I am very excited about future units about poetry.

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Part 2:

For the final part of our poetry project, I chose the poem The Crocodile by Lewis Carroll to recite to the class. The Crocodile poem is describing a crocodile with personification and a rhyme scheme. I like the end of the poem, which I thought was kind of humorous. It described the crocodile so beautifully, that it does not make you think the crocodile is a scary reptile, it makes you think it is a beautiful work of G-d.

How doth  the little crocodile

Improve his shining tail,

And pour the waters of the Nile

On every golden scale!

golden crocodile

How cheerfully he seems to grin!

How neatly spread his claws,

And welcomes little fishes in

With gently smiling jaws


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