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Exploring the Tulgey Wood
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This semester, as part of their Literature Reading elective, students studied and interacted with nonsense poem 'Jabberwocky' by British writer and mathematician Lewis Carroll.

After listening to poem for the first time, students were happy to know that their basic understanding of the hero-kills-monster story was all they needed to explore the linguistic and poetic aspects of 'Jabberwocky'.


Illustration by Sir John Tenniel in the 1865 edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. The birds with long legs (right) are Borogroves.

Before taking students to the school theatrette to interact with the poem, we studied the words in the poem carefully. We discovered Carroll's invented words such as "tulgey" (adjective) to describe the "wood" or forest. And students thought "tulgey" might mean dark, or scarey, or even silly. Likewise, we covered words which have been accepted into the English language after Carroll invented them; Although no one quite knows what kind of animal a "Borogrove" is we know that it is "mimsy" and that, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, Carroll blended the word miserable (mi-) with flimsy (-msy). So a Borogrove is "mimsy" - an unhappy and weak animal.

In the last phase of the class, students acted out the poem as a kind of drama. In the video below, the student on the left is not misbehaving, he's an animal known as a "slithy tove" and he is busy gyring and gimbling.


Ben Hinton, Head Teacher, Foreign English Teaching Team, UNNCAHS