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Jabberwocky - Lewis Carroll


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Larry

All right, we're doing we're continuing our poetry series in my garage. Andrew,


Andrew

the poetry garage series. Yeah.


Larry

For the record before we get to this poet, this poem, you've called it, what was the term you use for this phone?


Unknown Speaker

Nonsense nonsense. Yeah,


Larry

good. Good news. It is nonsense. One of the most famous it actually is the most nonsensical poem ever written. Some people say isn't a haiku. It's not a haiku. Although we should have di Q.


Andrew

I love haikus. I


Larry

will do that. Alright, this is Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky. Okay, all right. Twas brillig and the slithy toves Did gyre gimble in the wob All mimsy were the bore groves and the mom rats out grade, before the jabberwock, my son, the jaws that bite the claws that catch be where the joola bird and chum the for me is bandersnatch. He took his vorpal sword in hand. Oh, I love that. Now, this poem is was the second book in the Alice in Wonderland series. And Alice comes upon this book, and she's like, she doesn't understand what she's reading.


Andrew

Yeah, so the first thing I just thought of was that we talked about it being nonsense. And when you have gibberish, it doesn't really matter what you're saying. It's how you're saying it. There's like an exercise you can do an improv where you speak gibberish. And you just say, My mama, mama. And whatever inflection you use, people can read it. So like how you just read the poem means something completely different than if someone else reads it in a different tone. And all that to say that words sometimes don't even matter.


Larry

That's just that say, because that's Is that a good technique in improv, that you're sort of reading someone not by the words, they're saying, but by their body language? Yeah,


Andrew

it's it's a understanding that you can communicate with someone, they say that you have a nonverbal handshake, when you walk out on the stage, and you know what the scene is about? Like, it starts with nothing. And they're like, Okay, I get it. Now. It's like an eye contact thing. And making eye contact is important, because you read with the person's giving off, just like your wife might say, I'm not mad at you at all. Like that could mean being very sarcastic. It could mean like, it just all depends on how you say it. So this poem to me, makes me think of don't necessarily focus on the words you can read between the lines with physical and body language. I


Larry

can imagine though, if you're doing improv, someone could be really funny, like making up a language. Yeah. Because that's the comedy part, right. But you're still able to communicate with somebody. Yeah.


Andrew

I mean, there's so much that you can get through eye contact with someone so that, like, just I think it makes a big difference. But I don't think that was the point. And Alice in Wonderland. Did you have any thoughts going in before we read this poem?


Larry

I Well, first of all, I love nonsense. Yeah. I really feel like the world needs more complete. Nonsense. That doesn't mean anything. How


Andrew

does that work with parenting when you promote nonsense, and it's time to do homework?


Larry

Well, cuz here's what I think nonsense, does it? It just allows everybody to take a break. It like makes your brain go like what was just said. It's sort of like if there's tense, tense like that. Yeah. Like the tense moments going on. He gives a reset for that, if it's a silly moment, probably makes it more silly. But I like the idea that nonsense gives us all the move to be like, What just happened?


Andrew

Yeah, I mean, that makes me think of like, someone's getting yelled at and braided. And then there's eight seconds of silence in here. Does breaks attention and kind of resets everything. Now, that's not necessarily nonsense. But


Larry

you know, here's the thing about nonsense, right? Because it's sort of like talking with an irrational person, right? There's no reason to talk to an irrational person because you can't have a rational discussion doesn't make any sense. They're there. They're not on the same realm. It's only the people that dive into this into Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. Like, I need meaning out of this. Those people are never gonna get it. It's nonsense.


Andrew

Oh, man, that's so hard for me. Because most of the time 99% of time when I read a poem, I don't understand the meaning. Totally. So how do you know in poetry Jabberwocky, for instance, when there's nothing behind it? I love what I hear artists being interviewed. And they're like, oh, everyone says they see the pain and suffering like I just drew a balloon floating through the air. It doesn't mean anything. So it's interesting when people go down that rabbit hole of evaluating something when there's nothing behind it.


Larry

Well, I will say some doctor in poetry is probably listening is like you just said Jeff walkies nonsense and has no meaning they're gonna be like, hey, Larry, maybe you want to tone down I'm sure maybe there is some Yeah, poetic meeting and all this. But all I'm saying is twist. brillig and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wave, like, I mean some doctor poetry is gonna write the repost the podcast and say like, Hey, man, that there's some deep stuff in there like, Well, I didn't know what to really get a guy or was. But But I just need to say this about Jabberwocky. The reason I love this poem so much is because the Olson's love the jabber, walkies. Oh, okay. Do you know the jabber walkies? Yeah, I love how the jabber walkies dance, their style of how they move they I think they came to fame because they want America's Got Talent like 10 years ago. And they have mass on right. So they can literally replicate themselves all over the world. Because like the Blue Man Group, it's kind of like the Blue Man Group. He was genius. Now I'm sure I don't know what their intent was to begin with, to wear masks so that they can replicate themselves, or that was part of their costume. Yeah, but the jabby walkies are now all over the world all of the time, because they can replicate themselves. And I just did in, I don't know what it once again, I'm not I don't have a doctor of dance ology. But I'm sure there's some specific style that they're doing of dance, or they created a new style. Because it's like, you know what I'm talking. It's like that we're all kind of choreographing? Like I'm doing my I'm doing it.


Andrew

Yeah, you're doing a little robot dance,


Larry

like, and so I just think like, they created something completely new. And Lewis Carroll kind of Drake created her own nonsensical language.


Andrew

That's kind of like when you're brainstorming for anything like no such thing as a bad idea. I've definitely had multiple times where I'm brainstorming for whatever, and I throw something out as a joke. And that leads to something that leads to something that leads to an idea. And so like other examples of silliness, or just throwing stuff out there and not putting your own filter on, like, makes it


Larry

I love that you just talked about brainstorming because you are a lot like my wife, I tell you that all the time. You're in enneagram. One probably very structured person three, my wife hates brainstorming. We're like, we can never brainstorm. I'd be like, hey, let's just throw out some ideas. She can't think out of the box enough to be like, Hey, we're just gonna fund brainstorming. Never. Wow. Because she's always like, no, it's a bad idea. No, you just missed rule number one. There's no bad ideas.


Andrew

Yeah, there's no such thing as a bad question. So you ask a dumb question, right?


Larry

I mean, it's, it's funny when you say brainstorming like Oh, you're so much like, I didn't think you would like brainstorming.


Andrew

Well, I'm not a one Nicole's one.


Larry

So she you live with a non brainstorm? Yes, she


Andrew

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