Dedication

Inscribed to a Dear Child:
In Memory of Golden Summer Hours
And Whispers of a Summer Sea


Girt with a boyish garb for boyish task,
Eager she wields her spade: yet loves as well
Rest on a friendly knee, intent to ask
The tale he loves to tell.
Rude spirits of the seething outer strife,
Unmeet to read her pure and simple spright,
Deem if you list, such hours a waste of life,
Empty of all delight!

Chat on, sweet Maid, and rescue from annoy
Hearts that by wiser talk are unbeguiled.
Ah, happy he who owns that tenderest joy,
The heart-love of a child!

by Lewis Carroll

Comments (11)

A POEM should not be read as a clue to rumors and gossips about its author.
Karoline Leach found in his diaries that even he was involved in relationships with women, he also had child-friends. Karoline suggested that Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, known as Lewis Carroll, wanted to hide the fact that he was interested only in little girls. She argued that these friendships ended when these girls reached the age of fourteen.
Morton N. Cohen mentioned that Dodgson convinced many of his friends that his attachment to the nude female child form was free of any eroticism, but the same Dodgson wanted to marry the 11-year-old Alice Liddell. Dodgson' illness, migraine aura, affected the way the objects were perceived by his mind. In his book, entitled Alice in Wonderland, Alice suffered sudden size-changes.
A Freudian interpretation of Alice in Wonderland described this book as a descent into the dark world of the subconscious. Lewis Carroll was a writer, a mathematician, an Anglican cleric, a photographer, and an inventor of the nyctograph. In the last stanza, it is explained so well how the wisdom needs a pure feeling to grow up.10.
I love the way he wrote: a lot of fun and a lot of wit...This is obviously an ACROSTIC: GERT/RUDE CHAT AWAY, in four-line stanzas of FOUR...Type-setting appears extremely important for poems.Glad to read it here though.
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