The Hunting Of The Snark By Lewis Carroll – Nonsense Poem

Before Starting, let’s discuss the author Lewis Carroll, who was born in
January 27, 1832 and January 14, 1898. Lewis Carroll Poems “The Hunting Of The Snark” was published in March 29, 1876.

The Hunting Of The Snark Summary

The hunting of the Snark is a poem written by Lewis Carrol. It’s divided into 8 different verses.

  1. The Landing
  2. The Bellman’s speech
  3. The Baker’s Tale
  4. The Hunting
  5. Beavers Lesson
  6. Barrister Dreaming
  7. Bankers Fate
  8. Vanishing

The Hunting Of The Snark – The Landing

The first one is titled The Landing. A group of people have landed on dry ground. They include the Bellman, the maker of Bonnets, the barrister, the broker, the billiard marker, the banker, the butcher, the baker, and the beaver. One member of the crew forgot his own name. He also forgot all his stuff on the beach that they departed from. Thankfully, he’s wearing 7 coats and 3 pairs of boots. He is also well liked by the crew because he is courageous.

That courage, they figure, will be essential in capturing the Snark. The butcher talks about killing the beaver. They wanted to separate the butcher and put him on his own ship. Unfortunately, that would be impossible to do since they only had one. The beaver wants to protect himself, so he gets a 2nd dagger-proof coat. Then, the banker offers him insurance against fire or hail.

The Hunting Of The Snark – The Bellman’s speech

The second verse of the poem is titled The Bellman’s speech. In this verse, we learn that he’s navigating with a blank map which everyone is happy about. They reason to themselves that having a blank map is a good thing since it’s so easy to understand. Unfortunately, the Bellman’s navigation was bizarre. He would yell random commands. But, finally, they land. The Bellman then tells everyone what the 5 signs of a snark is. The first sign is that it’s taste is “meager and hollow”, the second is it gets up late, the third is its slow, the 4th is the bathing machines it carries, and the fifth is it’s ambition.

The Hunting Of The Snark – The Baker’s Tale

The 3rd verse in the poem begins and is titled The Baker’s Tale. The baker begins his sad tale by telling us about his poor mother and father. The Bellman interrupts him and tells him to “skip all that part”. So he does, and skips 40 years up until when he boards the ship. He describes bidding farewell to his uncle, but the Bellman rings his bell and tells him to skip that part as well. He moves on to describes how to hunt the snark. You seek it with thimbles and hunt it with forks. You threaten its life with a railway share and charm it with soap. The Bellman confirms that this is the exact method he learned. Then, he warns everyone to be careful in case the snark is actually a Boojum. Boojums cause people to vanish.

The Hunting Of The Snark – The Hunting

The 4th verse begins and is titled the Hunting. The Bellman gives the rest of his speech. First, he restates how to hunt the snark. Meanwhile, everyone else is getting ready for the hunt.

The Hunting Of The Snark – Beavers Lesson

In the beavers lesson, they are hunting for the snark. The butcher makes a plan to catch the snark. Meanwhile, there’s a strange creature in this land. They hear a scream and their life flashes before their eyes. Thankfully, they realize the scream is just a bird. The butcher gets a paper and starts doing math. Then, he gives the beaver a lesson on the bird, which is a species called Jubjub. The butcher states that the Jubjub is an eccentric type of bird. Yet, it tastes delicious. He continues to walk for a long time, and says that he considers the beaver to be his friend.

The Hunting Of The Snark – Barrister Dreaming

The 6th verse is the Barrister dreaming. In this dream he sees the snark in a courtroom defending a pig accused of leaving his sty. The witness testify that the sty was empty. Then, the snark twists the meaning of what the witness stated. The jury decides not to reach a decision and asks the snark to make the decision for them. The snark rules that the pig is guilty and some of the jury members faint. The snark sentences the pig, but unfortunately it has been dead for years while the trial went on and on. The bellman rings a bell and wakes up the Barrister.

The Hunting Of The Snark – Bankers Fate

The 7th verse is titled the Bankers Fate. A creature called a Bandersnatch grabs the banker. The banker tries to pay his ransom with a check but fails. Then he faints, but the crew off the Bandersnatch and rescues him. Then they leave the banker.

The Hunting Of The Snark – Vanishing

The 8th verse is called the vanishing. They have finally found the snark and are chasing after it. The baker reaches the snark and calls out for the others. A moment later, he screams in a horrified voice that it’s a “Boo…”” but he’s cut off. They try and find where he met the snark, but he’s completely vanished. The snark was actually a Boojum.

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Lewis Carroll Quotes

  • Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).
  • Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
  • I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then.
  • If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.
  • ‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ said Alice. ‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the cat. ‘We’re all mad here.’
  • what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversations?'” – Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland, Ch. 1
  • Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.
  • Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.
  • ‘T was brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe.
  • One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.

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