In Lewis Carroll's poem, "Jabberwocky," I have a few questions about literary terms.
1. In line 13, what kind of word is, 'uffish'? Is it an adjective or adverb or...?
"And, as in uffish thought he stood..."
2. In line 20, "He went galumphing back," is the nonsense word 'galumphing' an adverb or participial adjective?
Last edited by shroob; 02-Jul-2011 at 09:28.
You both are great! Thanks!
I understand that "uffish" is an adjective.
However, I'm still confused about "galumphing."
I understand that 'to galumph' is a verb.
However, specifically in the sentence, "He went galumphing back," is 'galumphing' an adverb and 'went' is the main verb?
What tense would the complete verb phrase 'went galumphing back' be considered to be in- past continuous?
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Oxford English Dictionary
[Invented by ‘L. Carroll’ (perh. with some reminiscence of gallop, triumphant). The sense in current use may vary according to different notions of what the sound expresses. Cf. chortle v.]
intr. Orig., to march on exultingly with irregular bounding movements. Now usu., to gallop heavily; to bound or move clumsily or noisily. Hence gaˈlumphing ppl. a. and vbl. n., lit. and fig.
(I hope this could be of any help)