"LOVE-lighted eyes, that will not start
At frown of rage or malice!
Uplifted brow, undaunted heart
Ready to dine on raspberry-tart
Along with fairy Alice!
Happy blabbering nonsense, puzzling riddles, surreal phantasms, a profound love for tea, talking rabbits, invisible fairies and a perfect understanding of how the world looks through the eyes of a child. That is the essential ingredients of Carroll's writing.
No author has ever since made such magnificent wordplay and used such a heavy amount of absurdity as Lewis Carroll has - in all
of his writing. The tale of Alice's fall into Wonderland illustrates perfectly how a child's imagination knows no boundaries. The lesser known story of Sylvie and Bruno is perhaps even stranger, as it combines the real world with fairies and a certain feeling of daydreams.
But oh, Carroll's poetry! His poems are so silly, whimsical and funny; filled with important morales, sincere philosophy and meaningless nonsense. And they are clearly meant to be read aloud, as the rhymes are flowing so beautifully in a joyous rhythm.
I have met so many people who have claimed to never fully understand "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". But that is perhaps the point. Carroll's fanciful stories, miniature rhymes and bizarre characters aren't meant to be understood or overanalyzed. The magic of Carroll's writing lies in his way of comprehending the children's world and the illogical logic of childish imagination. No question marks are needed.