Jabberwocky - the art of nonsense

`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.'

Familiar? It's the first stanza of Lewis Carroll's poem "Jabberwocky." It's also one of the best examples of the power of nonsense to touch the heart of the imagination. Want more examples? How about this Latin version?

'Hora aderat briligi. Nunc et Slythia Tova
Plurima gyrabant gymbolitare vabo;
Et Borogovorum mimzebant undique formae,
Momiferique omnes exgrabure Rathi.'

which is one of 58 different translations. And then there are parodies of this parody - rapidly scaling the heights of nonsense. Like Viruwormy by Ed Combs:

"'Twas eunicks and the asky chars
Did grepp and skanneff at the nik:
All mimdy were the hyperstars,
And the rad ravs outsmick."

Nonsense is our first language, yet few of us find the permission to reveal our nonsensical hearts to the adult world. Luckily, we have the Jabberwockers of the world to remind us. Play on!

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