Why We Can’t Live Without Nonsense Like Poetry via The Federalist

Amanda Gehrke at The Federalist has written some lovely thoughts on poetry, wonder, and eternity, inspired by “Jabberwocky”. Lewis Carroll’s superb nonsense poem is is a family favorite, and a standard memory work selection around here. Gehrke’s thoughts on “the literature of compacted significance” and the mysteries of faith are worth a read:

Poetry has an entire genre devoted to nonsense, and Carroll no doubt reveled in all manner of fantastical, impossible ideas, as the mere title of his first novel, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” indicates. But the words in nonsense literature should not be considered gibberish, for these kinds of writers draw on a vast knowledge of language and even mathematics to invent new words and worlds. Read the rest at The Federalist.


Songs from Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass, Charles Folkard,1921

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