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The Hunting of the Snark


My Favorite piece of Lewis Carroll Poetry. 

A tribute



‘Come, listen, my men, while I tell you again the five unmistakable
marks by which you may know, whosesoever you go, The warranted genuine 

‘Let us take them in order. The first is the taste, which is meagre and
hollow, but crisp: Like a coat that is rather too tight in the waist, 
With flavour of Will-o'-the-Wisp. 

‘Its habit of getting up late you'll agree that it carries too far, when
I say that is frequently breakfasts at five-o'clock tea, and dines on 
the following day. 

‘The third is its slowness in taking a jest. Should you happen to
venture on one, It will sigh like a thing that is deeply distressed: 
And it always looks grave at a pun. 

‘The fourth is its fondness for bathing-machines, which is constantly
carries about, And believes that they add to the beauty of scenes – A 
sentiment open to doubt. 

‘The fifth is ambition. It next will be right to describe each
particular batch: Distinguishing those that have feathers, and bite, 
From those that have whiskers, and scratch. 

‘For, although common Snarks do no manner of harm, Yet I feel it my duty
to say Some are Boojums ---- ` 

Lewis Carroll –