The Hunting of the Snark
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The Hunting of the Snark (An Agony in 8 Fits) is a nonsense poem written by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) in 1874, when Carroll was 42 years old. Henry Holiday's illustrations to the poem had been engraved by Joseph Swain. It describes the voyage of a crew to find a creature. The poem borrows occasionally from Carroll's short poem Jabberwocky in Through the Looking-Glass (especially the poem's creatures and portmanteau words), but it is a stand-alone work, first published in 1876 by Macmillan. The illustrations were by Henry Holiday and engraved by Joseph Swain.
In common with other Carroll works, the meaning of his poems has been queried and analysed in depth. One of the most comprehensive gatherings of information about the poem and its meaning is The Annotated Snark by Martin Gardner.
- Snark, a 1974 text game inspired by the poem.
- The Hunting of the Snark Musical, written by Mike Batt based on the original nonsense poem.