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Mad Gardener's Song, The Analysis



Author: Poetry of Lewis Carroll Type: Poetry Views: 645

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He thought he saw an Elephant,

That practised on a fife:

He looked again, and found it was

A letter from his wife.

'At length I realise,' he said,

The bitterness of Life!'



He thought he saw a Buffalo

Upon the chimney-piece:

He looked again, and found it was

His Sister's Husband's Niece.

'Unless you leave this house,' he said,

"I'll send for the Police!'



He thought he saw a Rattlesnake

That questioned him in Greek:

He looked again, and found it was

The Middle of Next Week.

'The one thing I regret,' he said,

'Is that it cannot speak!'



He thought he saw a Banker's Clerk

Descending from the bus:

He looked again, and found it was

A Hippopotamus.

'If this should stay to dine,' he said,

'There won't be much for us!'



He thought he saw a Kangaroo

That worked a coffee-mill:

He looked again, and found it was

A Vegetable-Pill.

'Were I to swallow this,' he said,

'I should be very ill!'



He thought he saw a Coach-and-Four

That stood beside his bed:

He looked again, and found it was

A Bear without a Head.

'Poor thing,' he said, 'poor silly thing!

It's waiting to be fed!'



He thought he saw an Albatross

That fluttered round the lamp:

He looked again, and found it was

A Penny-Postage Stamp.

'You'd best be getting home,' he said:

'The nights are very damp!'



He thought he saw a Garden-Door

That opened with a key:

He looked again, and found it was

A Double Rule of Three:

'And all its mystery,' he said,

'Is clear as day to me!'



He thought he saw a Argument

That proved he was the Pope:

He looked again, and found it was

A Bar of Mottled Soap.

'A fact so dread,' he faintly said,

'Extinguishes all hope!'





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||| Analysis | Critique | Overview Below |||

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A rule of three would be an underlying principle in which things come in threes. It is less obvious what it would mean to double a rule of three.

| Posted on 2013-04-15 | by a guest


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Does any body know the message of the mad gaardener\'s song?

| Posted on 2013-02-14 | by a guest


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Does any body know the message of the mad gaardener\'s song?

| Posted on 2013-02-14 | by a guest


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The ``double\'\' makes it rhyme and fit the meter; the ``rule of three\'\' is taken from the text of Sylvie and Bruno, through which the poetry is sprinkled.

| Posted on 2012-01-25 | by a guest


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This is just a personal opinion and I am not an academic or an authority on English.
Because Carroll was a mathematician and mathematics deals with imaginary numbers ( i or j iota ) and real numbers. It is my opinion that maybe he equated real life scenarios with the philosophy of the imaginary and the real . Or one could say the philosophy of Plato questioning the meaning of form ( He thought he saw a.... )with the realists such as Rene Descartes ( He looked again and saw it was a ....) in other words what it actually turned out to be something more mundane. With Descartes everything is quantifiable and there is nothing outside of the rationale as opposed to Plato where the ideal form was something that only existed in the imagination , but because it existed at all made it real but not physical.
Also Lewis Carroll manipulates time and form.
This is akin to what is happening in nuclear accelerators where time itself is slowed down and quarks can be in two places at once and other sub atomic particles seem to go in and out of out 3dimensional existence suggesting other dimensions ( such as in string theory where there are a supposed 11 dimensions but as yet no physical evidence to support the idea ) .
So I think the poem breaks down rational thinking in a rational way. Thereby itself being a contradiction .
As far as I am concerned the poem is way ahead of its time given that it was written in a Newtonian governed world.
Anyway that\'s my twopence worth.
Cormac Brenock.

| Posted on 2011-02-17 | by a guest


.: :.

This is just a personal opinion and I am not an academic or an authority on English.
Because Carroll was a mathematician and mathematics deals with imaginary numbers ( i or j iota ) and real numbers. It is my opinion that maybe he equated real life scenarios with the philosophy of the imaginary and the real . Or one could say the philosophy of Plato questioning the meaning of form ( He thought he saw a.... )with the realists such as Rene Descartes ( He looked again and saw it was a ....) in other words what it actually turned out to be something more mundane. With Descartes everything is quantifiable and there is nothing outside of the rationale as opposed to Plato where the ideal form was something that only existed in the imagination , but because it existed at all made it real but not physical.
Also Lewis Carroll manipulates time and form.
This is akin to what is happening in nuclear accelerators where time itself is slowed down and quarks can be in two places at once and other sub atomic particles seem to go in and out of out 3dimensional existence suggesting other dimensions ( such as in string theory where there are a supposed 11 dimensions but as yet no physical evidence to support the idea ) .
So I think the poem breaks down rational thinking in a rational way. Thereby itself being a contradiction .
As far as I am concerned the poem is way ahead of its time given that it was written in a Newtonian governed world.
Anyway that\'s my twopence worth.
Cormac Brenock.

| Posted on 2011-02-16 | by a guest


.: lewis carroll :.

The mad gardeners song by lewis carroll. This poem has me spell bound. It weaves a seamless meter around 6 line stanza's again and again. I think Lewis Carroll's sence of rythym is impeccable. I have a picture in my mind of this mad gardener walking around shouting at inanimate objects and people thinking them to be entirely different things.

Somedays I feel just like the mad gardener myself.

One part inparticular though that has me a little baffled:

"He looked again, and found it was
A Double Rule of Three:
'And all its mystery,' he said,
'Is clear as day to me!'"

I didn't really understand what a "double rule of three" was exactly. The thing is I'm so enamourerd with the piece that I have a desire to go find out. This is probably some old english type reference that if I were around in Lewis Carroll's day and lived in his neighborhood I probably would understand.

On another note, I think I have found a new poet to read. Excellent work.

| Posted on 2004-12-05 | by Mister Fizzle




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