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Created: 10th May, 2017

Wonderland: Alice in Poetry

Author: Michaela Morgan
Illustrator: John Tenniel
Publisher: Macmillan

In this anthology, Michaela Morgan curates the poetry of Lewis Carroll and his sources, inviting new and established contemporary poets to pen their responses.

In a variety of ways, modern poets provide their own take on Carroll’s poems, many of which were parodies of verse from his own times. Roger Stevens has a modern young lad chide Carroll in a similar way to that in which an earlier young man mocked old Father William (a poem which in turn was modelled on one by Robert Southey). Stevens also ends the poem with a sly reference to a significant Carroll character. There are two responses to the famous nonsense poem ‘Jabberwocky’. Joseph Coelho employs made up words to create a poem that feels full of action and to which the reader can supply their own meaning, while Michaela Morgan uses the same pattern and rhyme scheme as Carroll to express the horrors of hay fever.

Shortlisted for the CLiPPA (CLPE Poetry Award) 2017

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