A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky

By Lewis Carroll 1832–1898 Lewis Carroll
A BOAT beneath a sunny sky,
Lingering onward dreamily
In an evening of July —

Children three that nestle near,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Pleased a simple tale to hear —

Long has paled that sunny sky:
Echoes fade and memories die:
Autumn frosts have slain July.

Still she haunts me, phantomwise,
Alice moving under skies
Never seen by waking eyes.

Children yet, the tale to hear,
Eager eye and willing ear,
Lovingly shall nestle near.

In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die:

Ever drifting down the stream —
Lingering in the golden gleam —
Life, what is it but a dream?

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Poet Lewis Carroll 1832–1898

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

Subjects Youth, Love, Fall, Living, Relationships, Nature, Heartache & Loss

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Self-effacing, yet having an expressive critical ability; reveling in the possibilities of fancy, though thoroughly at home with the sophisticated nuances of logic and mathematics, Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was an individual who, through his rare and diversified literary gifts and power of communication, would leave an indelible mark upon the imaginations of children and accessible adults both during his . . .

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SUBJECT Youth, Love, Fall, Living, Relationships, Nature, Heartache & Loss

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Victorian

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