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Phantasmagoria and Other Poems

Lewis Carroll

Book Overview: 

This is a collection of numerous lesser known poems by Lewis Carroll, with a tendency towards entertaining nonsense verses and unusual approaches to subject matter. Some of the poems are rather meta or introspective in content. Overall, this is a light-hearted book of poetry which is comparatively accessible compared to other classic poetry.

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Book Excerpt: 
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p. 14“The Second tells us what is right
      In ceremonious calls:—
‘First burn a blue or crimson light’
(A thing I quite forgot to-night),
      ‘Then scratch the door or walls.’”

I said “You’ll visit here no more,
      If you attempt the Guy.
I’ll have no bonfires on my floor—
And, as for scratching at the door,
      I’d like to see you try!”

“The Third was written to protect
      The interests of the Victim,
And tells us, as I recollect,
To treat him with a grave respect,
      And not to contradict him.”

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Community Reviews

Well, that was fun. This is my favorite kind of poetry--namely, anti-poetry, meta-poetry, and complete absurdity. Oh, and of course it has to rhyme!

A quick sampling of my favorites:

From The Gardener's Song, which should be labeled post-modern, surely, if it hadn't been written in the 1800s.

He though

This was a fun read, especially the first poem, "Phantasmagoria." I was also impressed by Lewis Carroll's expansive vocabularly, much of which sounds nonsensical but is actual words.

Not my favourite collection of Carroll's poetry, but 'Phantasmagoria' is quite possibly my favourite, and so I enjoyed this quick read.

Lewis Carroll is clearly a very intellectual poet, who writes interesting and amusing stories whilst keeping to his own nonsensical norms. This collection contains some very good poems which are very very enjoyable to read, which is what you want! My copy is one placed at the back of a hardcover of

The title poem was excellent and quite humorous. The other poems were not as exceptional but there was enough dazzling wordplay and rhythm to hold my attention. The illustrations were good, too. All in all, a solid read. I would have enjoyed it if Carroll had written more about ghosts and the supern

Although prose is usually clearer than poetry, Lewis Carroll's poetry is clearer than his prose. This little book of poems contains what may equally be called whimsy and nonsense; it also contains humor, clever satire, and some beautiful lines ("the vision of a vanished good"). Highly recommended fo

Leer este divertido poema de Lewis Carroll en el que un hombre es visitado en su casa por un risueño fantasma, me llevó directamente a recordar a otro famoso espíritu: a «El fantasma de Canterville», de Oscar Wilde, pero con distintos finales para cada caso. Otro punto interesante es que aprendí a c

Este libro sí me gustó. Disfruté mucho conociendo la ardua vida de los fantasmas que nada tiene de fácil ni de económica :)

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