Alice in Wonderland

Poems and songs

Carroll wrote multiple poems and songs for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, including:

  • "All in the golden afternoon..."—the prefatory verse to the book, an original poem by Carroll that recalls the rowing expedition on which he first told the story of Alice's adventures underground
  • "How Doth the Little Crocodile"—a parody of Isaac Watts' nursery rhyme, "Against Idleness and Mischief"
  • "The Mouse's Tale"—an example of concrete poetry
  • "You Are Old, Father William"—a parody of Robert Southey's "The Old Man's Comforts and How He Gained Them"
  • The Duchess's lullaby, "Speak roughly to your little boy..."—a parody of David Bates' "Speak Gently"
  • "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat"—a parody of Jane Taylor's "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"
  • "The Lobster Quadrille"—a parody of Mary Botham Howitt's "The Spider and the Fly"
  • "'Tis the Voice of the Lobster"—a parody of Isaac Watts' "The Sluggard"
  • "Beautiful Soup"—a parody of James M. Sayles's "Star of the Evening, Beautiful Star"
  • "The Queen of Hearts"—an actual nursery rhyme
  • "They told me you had been to her..."—White Rabbit's evidence

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