In many children’s poems, writers attempt to connect with the younger ones through language that they understand. Many people, such as Dr. Seuss, make up their own silly and inventive language that not only teaches children that they can write, too, but it also makes them laugh at the hilarious adjectives and nouns. However, Dr. Seuss isn’t the only author who uses quirky words to capture readers’ attention. Another writer, by the name of Lewis Carroll, uses imaginative language in his two novels, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, In one of these texts, there is a poem, where he uses this same technique in a very clever and creative way. The messages that the poem portrays due to the language is more than just comedy for children. Looking deeper into the poem, Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll, the creative language suggests that using your own words makes your work more interesting, ...view middle of the document...
Brillig means four o'clock in the afternoon, toves are creatures resembling badgers, lizards, and corkscrews. Gyre is to spin round and around, gimble is to make holes, and wabe is a grass plot around a sundial.
Secondly, in the last fifty years, commonly-spoken words in America have changed dramatically, and these portmanteaus could very well be the next common words that Americans speak. When you are communicating with a friend, slang is used quite often. Although these words are not actually legitimately defined in a dictionary, we understand and comprehend them as actual phrases and words. Filler words are used often; these include the words, “uh, like,” and “ya know.” Not so long ago, words like “dude” would have been alien, yet they are common nowadays. In a matter of another fifty year period, “whiffling through the tulgey wood (Line 15)” could very well become the next common phrase.
Lastly, cursing and swearing have been altered dramatically over the last century, and the bad language, as well as the good, will change. “Fiddlesticks” is now !@#$. Although it means the same as it did back then, Fiddlesticks isn’t censored. In the South, you could be so mad, you could spit. That is severe cursing down in Mississippi, yet not so much in Wyoming. Just as the swearing words have changed in the past, they can (and most likely will) change again. For example, “Son of a !@#$%” may turn into, “The mome raths outgrabe! (Line 4)” Lewis Carroll, and more specifically, Jabberwocky, shows us this.
Thorough culture changes, both good and bad, we are influenced by writings. Hitler’s speeches created protests, and the death of six million people. Readers also see themselves and their life choices in poetry. Obviously, by looking deeper into the poem, Jabberwocky, by Lewis Carroll, the creative language suggests that using your own words makes your work more interesting, cultural language in America is constantly changing, and that using this type of blanket shows the maturity and background, and offensive words change as well as comic ones.