What better way to celebrate National Poetry Day then with the ‘Mouse’s Tale’ by Lewis Carroll! The Mouse tells Alice and the other caucus race creatures his “long and sad tale” in chapter 3 – A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale of Alice Adventures in Wonderland.
The Mouse’s tale is an example of concrete poetry, printed so that the words form the shape of the mouse’s tail. It is a wonderful example of Carroll’s wit and humor. As the Mouse tells his tale, Alice imagines the ‘tale’ as his ‘tail’, giving readers a glimpse into her imaginative personality. Illustrators and typographers have continued Carroll’s tradition, resulting in new shapes and interpretations of Carroll’s creative poem.