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Poetry Friday: The Lobster Quadrille by Lewis Carroll

March 12th, 2010 (07:20 am)
thirsty

Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: Will You, Won't You Join The Dance? from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972)

"Will you walk a little faster?" said a whiting to a snail.
"There's a porpoise close behind us, and he's treading on my tail.
See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance!
They are waiting on the shingle -- will you come and join the dance?

"Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you join the dance?

"You can really have no notion how delightful it will be
When they take us up and throw us, with the lobsters, out to sea!"
But the snail replied "Too far, too far!" and gave a look askance --
Said he thanked the whiting kindly, but he would not join the dance.

Would not, could not, would not, could not, would not join the dance.
Would not, could not, would not, could not, could not join the dance.

"What matters it how far we go?" his scaly friend replied.
"There is another shore, you know, upon the other side.
The further off from England the nearer is to France --
Then turn not pale, beloved snail, but come and join the dance.

"Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?
Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, won't you join the dance?"

- from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

See and hear this scene and song performed by Spike Milligan as The Gryphon, Sir Michael Hordern as The Mock Turtle, and Fiona Fullerton as Alice in my favorite film adaptation of the story, the 1972 live-action British musical Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.



If you can't see the video above, click here.

To learn why I love the original books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson), and to discover which books, films, and other adaptations of Alice I enjoyed, click here.

I have posted poetry from or related to Alice many times before:
The Mouse's Tale
Jabberwocky
The Walrus and the Carpenter
Alice Pleasance Liddell
The Lion and the Unicorn (nursery rhyme)

View all posts tagged as Alice at Bildungsroman.

View all posts tagged as Poetry Friday at Bildungsroman.

Consult the Poetry Friday roundup schedule at Big A, little a.

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Comments

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 12th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)

Good timing, Tiffany! :) Thanks for reading!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: March 12th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
Tanita Says :)

I love this one, I hadn't ever seen this ... you know, you actually kind of resemble the actress!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 12th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Tanita Says :)

Pardon me as I say: "WOOT!" *grin*

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 13th, 2010 05:47 am (UTC)

No, I haven't. Have you?

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 13th, 2010 06:06 am (UTC)

Enjoy.

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