Jabberwocky-Inherency Approach By Jabmady Dumpty

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Jabberwocky- Inherency approach
Firstly the presentation of the extract certainly looks like a poem, as it is constructed of seven stanzas in iambic tetrameter but the final stanzas only have three feet instead of four. Somebody said that when it looks like literature then we tend to treat it like literature. ‘Twas brillig, and the slithy toves’ (line 1) are words that are not familiar to the reader. Humpty Dumpty stated that ‘Brillig’ means four o’clock in the afternoon, when it’s time to boil things for dinner. There is evidence of morphological deviation, which is the deviation in how a word is formed, for instance, ‘brillig’ (line 1), and ‘frumious’ (line 8) Mick Short states that one manner of creating a ‘deviation at a morphological level is adding an ending to a word’ it would not usually be added to. (Short, 1996, p.51). Frumious is a combination of fuming and furious (line 8). Short states that the most obvious lexical deviation is neologism (1996, p.45), for instance ‘frabjous’ (line 23) could be a blend of the two words fabulous and joyous; Carroll creates a new word by combining parts of two words together. This technique is creative because it makes the reader think in alternative ways by playing with words and sounds to make the poem very enjoyable. It demonstrates to the readers how
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Carroll employs grammatical parallelism ‘One, two! One, two! And through and through’ (line 17) which changes the pace of the poem and demonstrates the parallelism from the boy stood in thought to the boy killing the creature. Deborah Tannen claims that repetition takes a cognitive approach as it relates to human drive to imitate and repeat (Swann, 2006, p.10), repetition is evident in poetry and was evident in our analysis of Jabberwocky therefore it is perceived as creative.

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