I’m pleased to say that today I’m able to offer a completely opposite perspective. And once again, good old Lewis Carroll is the case in question.
This week, at work, I found myself looking through YouTube clips.
Sounds pretty fun? Not a bad job to spend hours looking through material on YouTube?
I’d have to agree. I’m enjoying my work at the moment. But it’s for a good cause. Working in online education, YouTube is a real treasure trove of material to present to students to illustrate all sorts of concepts in all sorts of ways.
Anyway, the subject for which I was searching related to language, and I thought that something great to show to students, to illustrate the dynamic nature of the words we use, was a reading of the classic poem Jabberwocky. So I did a search, and this is the first thing I found:
- The toves are the strange snouted creatures – a cross between a badger, a lizard and a corkscrew (genius!)
- The boregroves are the long-legged birds that look a little like live mops
- The raths are the green pigs (Humpty Dumpty wasn’t sure what mome meant)
So there you have it. You can actually see the care that the Muppets people took in creating their little skit, studying the text and creating a version which, while it has its own unique Muppetty qualities, is also true to the original poem. Just one more reason to love the Muppets.
Anyway, that’s enough from me for now. Hope you all have a totally frabjous week.
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