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'Tis the Voice of the Lobster

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'Tis The Voice Of The Lobster

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"'Tis the Voice of the Lobster" is a poem by Lewis Carroll that appears in Chapter 10 of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. As recited by Alice to the Mock Turtle* and the Gryphon, the first stanza describes a vain and stylish lobster who pretends not to fear sharks, but is in fact terrified by them. In the second stanza, an owl naively attempts to share a meat pie with a greedy panther. "Carroll wrote the second stanza of the nonsense poem in 1886 for the first theatrical adaptation of Alice." Although the poem's final line is left incomplete, the owl's unhappy fate is evident to the reader.
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