Jub! Jub! and more nonsense

Posted on July 21, 2015 by Gibbs Smith

Hello, little birdies!

Our text today is from Lewis Carroll’s famous poem “Jabberwocky.” How many of you know the words? Written in 1872, the nonsense poem puts together a bunch of invented words that mean nothing, but from the context come together to tell a wonderful story. Part of the poem reads:

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

The frumious Bandersnatch!”

Much discussion has been given to what a Jabberwock actually is. The same goes for the Bandersnatch. I, of course, am most interested in the Jubjub bird. I wonder if they are a descendent of the peacock or of the toucan? I have never met one, and wonder if they may have gone extinct.

In Lewis Carroll’s later poem “The Hunting of the Snark,” we read:

“As to temper the Jubjub's a desperate bird,

Since it lives in perpetual passion:

Its taste in costume is entirely absurd—

It is ages ahead of the fashion:”

I, myself, have always wondered if the Jubjub was a shy bird living in Australia, named after its call that resembles the sound “Jub! Jub!” It is all very interesting. I may have to travel to Australia to do more research.

For today, though, the kind folks at BabyLit have given us a rendition of the Jubjub bird and a fun doodling prompt involving birds and names in DoodleLit. Take a look.

So until next time, don’t ruffle any feathers!

Sincerely, Professor Hawkins

Posted in DoodleLit, From the desk of Professor Hawkins, Tutor Tuesday


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