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Lewis Carroll
27 January 1832 – 14 January 1898

image: Lewis CarrollLewis Carroll was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson at Daresbury in Chesire, on 27 January 1832. He was an English author, mathematician, logician, anglican deacon and photographer.

What is Lewis Carroll most famous for?

Lewis Carroll is most famous for his story, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, published in 1865. It was written for Alice, the daughter of a friend.

His other writings included the sequel 'Through the Looking-Glass' as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky".

Jabberwocky

The poem Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll, is considered by many to be one of the greatest nonsense poems written in the English language. It was originally featured as a part of his novel 'Through the Looking-Glass', and 'What Alice Found There' (1871).

image: The Jabberwock, as illustrated by John Tenniel`Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought --
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! And through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!'
He chortled in his joy.

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

 

Can you identify the nouns (namng words) and verbs (doing words) in the Jabberwocky poem?

Also on this day.....

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on 27 January 1756 in Salzburg, Austria.
Mozart wrote over 600 works during his lifetime, including 41 symphonies (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik), and 27 piano concertos. Three of his most famous operas include The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute and Don Giovanni. He is also famous for his Requiem mass.

Mozart wrote his first sonata for the piano when he was four and composed his first opera when he was twelve!

27 January - Holocaust Memorial Day
Holocaust Memorial Day is the day on which the world remembers one of the greatest tragedies in human history, the Nazi Holocaust in Germany during World War II. Six million European Jews perished in the Nazi concentration camps.

The date falls on the anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi death camp Auschwitz.

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