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"A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky"

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"A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky"
Lewis Carroll
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832 - 1896)
A Romantic Victorian writer and mathematician
"excellent in the genre of literary nonsense"
wrote primarily for children, using his pseudonym "Lewis Carroll"
Author of extremely well known stories that are still popular today.
Romanticism & Victorian Era
"A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky"
Through the Looking Glass
Connection:
Theme
by Lewis Carroll
A
boat beneath a sunny sky,
L
ingering onward dreamily
I
n an evening of July —

C
hildren three that nestle near,
E
ager eye and willing ear,
P
leased a simple tale to hear —

L
ong has paled that sunny sky:
E
choes fade and memories die:
A
utumn frosts have slain July.

S
till she haunts me, phantomwise,
A
lice moving under skies
N
ever seen by waking eyes.

C
hildren yet, the tale to hear,
E
ager eye and willing ear,
L
ovingly shall nestle near.

I
n a Wonderland they lie,
D
reaming as the days go by,
D
reaming as the summers die:

E
ver drifting down the stream —
L
ingering in the golden gleam —
L
ife, what is it but a dream?

Stanzas 1 & 2
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 —

Stanza 3
Stanzas 4 & 5
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.


Stanzas 6 & 7
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
?


Long has paled that sunny sky:
Echoes fade and
memories
die:
Autumn frosts have slain July.

Through the Looking Glass: And what Alice Found There
1871
Sequel to
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
(1865).
Based off a different Alice, Alice Raikes, instead of the original Alice Liddell.
Met Alice Raikes in 1871
Not as popular as the previous book.
The previous book had a deck of cards theme, while this has a chess theme.
Paradox
a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory

"Life, what is it but a dream?"
The beginning of the end.
Drowning in the fountain of eternal life.
Romanticism:
Stress of fast advances in society
Focus on emotion, subjectivity, and the importance of individuality
Victorian Era:
Fundamental societal changes
The most prosperous time in England
Thank you!
Works Cited:

"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland By Lewis Carroll Lewis Carroll Biography." Lewis Carroll Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 May 2015.
Bloom, Harold. Lewis Carroll. New York: Chelsea House, 1987. Print.
Cruttenden, Aidan. The Victorians. London: Evans, 2002. Print.
Fox, Essie. "THE VIRTUAL VICTORIAN: THE REAL ALICE IN WONDERLAND ..." THE VIRTUAL VICTORIAN: THE REAL ALICE IN WONDERLAND ... N.p., 2 Feb. 2010. Web. 21 May 2015.
"Lewis Carroll." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 21 May 2015.
"Lewis Carroll." Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation, n.d. Web. 21 May 2015.
Scott-Kilvert, Ian. "Lewis Carroll." British Writers. Vol. 5. New York: Scribner, 1982. N. pag. Print.
"Through the Looking Glass." SparkNotes. SparkNotes, n.d. Web. 31 May 2015.
"The Victorian Period." The Victorian Period. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 May 2015. <https://faculty.unlv.edu/kirschen/handouts/victorian.html>.

Lord of the Flies
The Original Alice
Alice Pleasance Liddell (1852-1934)
Carroll met her in 1856 when she was 4 years old.
Youngest Daughter of Christ Church dean, Henry George Liddell.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
was a 15,000 word hand-written manuscript given to Alice as a Christmas present.
It was not well-known who the real Alice was until this poem, since Carroll said Alice was not based off any specific person.
very dream-like
memories and possibly sadness
a calm and happy image
a boating trip
The Liddell Children
“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
—Lewis Carroll
innocent and eager - memories
much darker - confirming the memory
things are not as good as they used to be
School starts? (he was a teacher)
sadness and a loss of the memory of fun times
not a dream anymore - reality
Topic/Motif:
Dreams/Memories
The entire poem is almost dream-like.
Both stories are actually Alice's dreams.
A theory that Lewis Carroll actually came up with the story in a dream when he was younger.
mystery
written after an abrupt end of Carroll's friendship with the Liddell Family - missing them
back to the memory of good times
calm and innocent
his trip with the Liddell children comes to an end
happy in a dream but time still goes on
Wonderland = Imagination and away from reality
dream-like
wanting to stay in the happy memories
Life is full of memories, that later seem like dreams, because they begin to fade and lose touch with reality.
Looking back on the fun times but can't go back to them
"Dreaming as the days go by, Dreaming as the summer's die"
"Ever drifting down the stream - Lingering in the golden gleam-"
both have an innocent beginning and lead to a darker, sadder undertone.
both deal with the theory of passing time and how people change.
The full story and LotF both have characters in a strange and dangerous world, with differences of ruling ideals.
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