Jabberwocky Discussion Questions

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Compare "Jabberwocky" with Robert Burns' "To a Mouse, on Turning up Her Nest with the Plough, November, 1785." Discuss how reading the made-up language in Carroll's poem can help you read the unfamiliar Scottish dialect that Burns uses.

How does this poem's structure—the abab rhyme scheme, the repetition of the first stanza at the end—make you accept it as a poem? Does anything with a poetic form qualify as a "poem"? What if, like "Jabberwocky," it tells a story from beginning to end. What is poetry?

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