Tag Archives: Lewis Carroll

Small Bird Poem Provided by the Werewolf of Oz

English: Edward Lear, illustration for "T...
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Thanks for all your visits this week. Our sister blog, the Werewolf of Oz, is nearing its conclusion now, after two years of virtual travelling across Australia by google maps to the Wizard of Oz theme, so that has been taking precedence lately.
There’ll be another Folding Mirror especially written for this blog on Monday, but in the meantime, I just noticed that a poem on the WoO blog mirrors, so I thought I’d include it below.
The 70 poems in the WoO story are written in the literary nonsense style pioneered by Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll, looking at things from the opposite or upside down view, so fit in with the reverse mirror theme of the Folding Mirror form, although most don’t mirror structurally.
The following little poem was inspired by a place called Mollymook in Australia, with Molly Mook becoming the crow landlady of the Rowdy Rook. Here it is:
I said we were doing well,
but the offer sounded as swell
as the wave just approaching,
so how faraway is the Rook
as the crow flies, Molly Mook.
http://australiatraveller.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/molly-mooks-rowdy-rook-in-ulladulla/
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Through the Looking Glass Mirror Poem

Alice stepping through the looking-glass
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Today we have an innovative mirror poem by Marian O’Brien Paul, Ph. D.

Marian works from the A Place for Words: Poetry and Otherwise website.

The poem first appeared on Robert Lee Brewer’s Poetic Asides website.

Thanks to Marian for allowing it to be published here, and please enjoy.

Through the Looking Glass

Imagining I was Alice
inside mirror, room reversed
feeling disoriented, left on
right
on left, disoriented feeling,
reversed room, mirror inside.
Alice was I: imagining.

Alice in Wonderland Poem

With Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland released tomorrow in UK cinemas, I thought it would be an opportune moment to create a Folding Mirror poem on that theme.

Poem Explanation

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland story does indeed seem a very relevant theme for a Folding Mirror poem, with the normal world above the rabbit hole inverted down below.

So, with the folding middle line acting as the rabbit hole, I thought I’d create the FM poem with the normal world in the top half and wonderland below.

Poem Structure

The poem mirrors either in the mirroring lines either side of the middle, with a word count of:
5-9-7-6-5-6-4-3 (6) 3-4-6-5-6-7-9-5

The Poem

Our Land and Wonderland Above and Below the Rabbit Hole

world of order with antipodies
food clearly labelled so you know what it is
walk in straight lines and follow signs
which way, makes sense, linear lines
laws maintain straight and narrow
formal protocol for you to follow
people work to time
regular clockwork chime

another world down the rabbit hole

it’s mad-hatter’s luck
time does not work
cheshire cat lost grin mouse tailcity
reverse expected abnormality to normality
no rules, rules are, inverted showing
turn away to get where you’re going
don’t eat with expectation that it is what sees
wonderland is full of antipathies

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I researched the poem on the Victorian Web website.