I have been a Lewis Carroll fan for as long as I can remember. I think I knew the poem “Jabberwocky” even before I entered kindergarten. I was therefore excited when someone posted a YouTube video of a choral rendition of the poem from Through the Looking-Glass on Facebook. In the video, the University of Utah Singers sing a composition by Sam Pottle.
Of course, not everyone knows “Jabberwocky” as well as I do, and, since many of the words in the poem were made up by the author, it can be difficult to make sense of the singing. I decided, therefore, to combine the poem and the YouTube video on a single page. Some screens will not be wide enough to view this page from edge-to-edge—sorry about that—but you can , if necessary, start the video and scroll to the right to follow along with the words.
One word in the song seems to have been changed by Pottle, though I cannot imagine why. In any case, the text shown is Carroll’s poem as originally published.