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A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky
Lewis Carroll


A boat beneath a sunny sky,
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July —
Children three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Pleased a simple tale to hear —
Long has paled that sunny sky:
Echoes fade and memories die:
Autumn frosts have slain July.
Still she haunts me, phantomwise,
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes.
Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle near.
In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die:
Ever drifting down the stream —
Lingering in the golden gleam —
Life, what is it but a dream?

This poem is in the public domain.


Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898) started life as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. A preacher’s son, he began writing poetry as a child, which he published in homemade newspapers. Despite a stammer (he called it "a hesitation") which plagued him throughout his life, Lewis was a popular public speaker, as well as a gifted mathematician and photographer. Writing was his true calling, though, and he published at least a dozen literary works--including Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, of course--and another dozen mathematical works which brought him great fame and fortune. Lewis loved word play and logic; many of his works include fun, nonsensical, or fantasy elements.



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Wilda Morris:
Wonderful - especially the first six lines.
Posted 07/28/2021 12:44 PM
Love this!!!
Posted 07/26/2021 12:13 PM
Thank you for reminding me today of why I love Lewis Carroll so much!
Posted 07/26/2021 11:18 AM
The manipulation of grammar for rhymes sake in lines like Long has paled that sunny sky: sound poetic. Great fun.
Posted 07/26/2021 10:22 AM
Darrell Arnold:
As a poet who writes rhymes, I'm totally into word play. I'm also totally into having fun writing poetry. Further, I enjoy exploring the works of others who offer a variety of rhyming schemes. And, of course, I so appreciate Jayne's research and on point analysis.
Posted 07/26/2021 09:16 AM
michael escoubas:
Ah! There is nothing like the rhyme and cadence skills of 19th century poets . . . they take us all to school! Great post, Jayne.
Posted 07/26/2021 09:07 AM
Thank you! I love the interesting research youve Included!
Posted 07/26/2021 08:36 AM

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