|Crocodile in Mexico, photo by Tomas Castelazo|
by Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)
How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!
How cheerfully he seems to grin,
How neatly spreads his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in,
With gently smiling jaws!
Here's an experiment for you to try: say this poem with a very sad or angry face, then repeat it with a smile. Which way is easier?
What does that tell you about the overall sound of the poem?