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Famous Slithy Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Slithy poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous slithy poems. These examples illustrate what a famous slithy poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Carroll, Lewis
...'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 Tu...Read More



by Carroll, Lewis
...the 
Jabberwock, let me take this opportunity of answering a question that 
has often been asked me, how to pronounce ``slithy toves''. The 
``i'' in ``slithy'' is long, as in ``writhe''; and ``toves'' is 
pronounced so as to rhyme with ``groves''. Again, the first ``o'' in 
``borogoves'' is pronounced like the ``o'' in ``borrow''. I have 
heard people try to give it the sound of the ``o'' in ``worry''. 
Such is Human Perversity. 

This also seems a fittin...Read More

by Carroll, Lewis
...of the Jabberwock, let me take this opportunity of answering a question that has often been asked me, how to pronounce "slithy toves." The "i" in "slithy" is long, as in "writhe"; and "toves" is pronounced so as to rhyme with "groves." Again, the first "o" in "borogoves" is pronounced like the "o" in "borrow." I have heard people try to give it the sound of the"o" in "worry." Such is Human Perversity. This also seems a fitting occasion to notice the other ...Read More

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