Jabberwocky

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The Jabberwock, diilustrasikan oleh John Tenniel.

"Jabberwocky" adalah sebuah puisi nonsense verse yang ditulis oleh Lewis Carroll sebagai bagian dari novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871). Puisi ini dianggap sebagai salah satu puisi nonsense terbaik dalam bahasa Inggris.

Puisi[sunting | sunting sumber]

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The 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 whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!
One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He 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 toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

Lewis Carroll menulis puisi ini ketika tinggal bersama beberapa kerabat di Whitburn, dekat Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, walaupun bait pertama ditulis di Croft on Tees, dekat Darlington, di mana Carroll dibesarkan. Bait pertama puisi ini diterbitkan di majalah Mischmasch. Saat ini "Jabberwocky" telah diterjemahkan ke dalam berbagai bahasa. Hal ini tidak mudah karena sebagian besar kata-katanya direka sendiri oleh Carroll. Pada tahun 1977, Terry Gilliam menyutradarai film yang berjudul Jabberwocky. Ceritanya secara longgar didasarkan pada puisi ini.

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