The Hunting of the Snark (An Agony in Eight Fits)
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Jeremy Irons reminisces about his childhood on the island and performs an inspired reading of Lewis Carroll’s enigmatic poem, The Hunting of the Snark (An Agony in Eight Fits). The epic nonsense poem follows the journey of a bizarre crew of nine tradesmen and a beaver searching for the mysterious Snark, who lives in the seas and might be a deadly, dangerous Boojum. The Hunting of the Snark is a backward poem with Carroll writing the last line of the poem in 1874 though it wasn’t finished and published until 1876.
The Hunting of the Snark has an island connection because the book is dedicated to Gertrude Chataway and opens with a poem that uses her name as a double acrostic. Carroll met Gertrude on the beach in Sandown in 1875.