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Often the exact nature of the object of the quest is a mystery. In the perilous domain, the comrades encounter obstacles that test their heroic virtue. Gilbert, the librettist of the famous Gilbert and Sullivan team. Whenever asked about the meaning of the hunting of the snark poem Caroll replied that he did not know anything regarding the meaning of his poem.
It must be mentioned that even though he denied for the meaning of the poem he agreed with a particular interpretation that there is a use of allegory in the poem in search of happiness.
Critics have given many interpretations of the poem. According to Cohen, the poem Caroll in his poem represented a voyage of life. According to Martin Gardner Baker was the satire of Carroll himself and he also pointed out the fact that Baker was named after his own uncle. Carroll once claimed that it was from a single line of nonsense that the whole poem was originated. Annihilation can be regarded as an unfortunate price for attaining desire.
The hunter thinks he is going to capture the Snark, but the Snark always gets him instead. He came across always as a shy person who never married but never resisted to form various relationships throughout his life with several young girls.
The poem itself begins with a dedication to one such friend whom Caroll in a summer vacation befriended. Poems such as Rime of the Ancient Mariner which was written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge followed similar poetic forms. The poet uses a form of Ballad in this poetry and he uses the rhyme scheme abab with the stanzas having four-line each. What the readers come across in The Hunting of The Snark Poem that lines 1 and 3 of each stanza constitutes of four accented syllables and lines 2 and 4 has three accented syllables and both of them conclude with a full stop or in other words with a musical rest.
The accented syllables often alliterate or display similar sounds. The number of unaccented syllables per line is variable. This is something which is related to Old English and whose use has been seen in epics like Beowulf. The poem is generally time-based and like common hymns and popular ballads, it is meant to be sung with a specific time signature.
The poet gives us a piece of literature comprising of stanzas of four lines each, and have internal rhymes in the first and third lines. It must be mentioned that Holiday and Carroll additionally had some disagreements over the artwork of the poem. However, Carroll refused his illustration of the Boojum, preferring that the creature go without a depiction, and made him change his initial portrayal of the Broker, as it could be perceived as anti-Semitic.
However, based on a draft by Lewis Carroll, the Snark was allowed to show up in an illustration by Henry Holiday, where it appeared in a dream of the Barrister. The Hunting of The Snark Poem was widely seen with mixed reviews from the readers.
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