The Order of Jabberwocky
This video untangles the mathematical order behind the rhymes in Lewis Carroll's Jabberwonky poem. Carroll was a mathematician, and often infused his writings with mathematics. Though this poem is nonsensical, he kept his playful approach, and established an order with the rhyming verses, which he then turned around and subverted.
The poem is made up of 7 stanzas, each stanza with 4 verses. The poem has an A-B-A order, so the first and the last stanzas are the same. Carroll established the rhythm of the poem in the 1st stanza by having every other verse rhyme; 1st and 3rd, and then 2nd and 4th verses rhyme. In stanzas 3, 5, and 6 he subverts this order and changes verse 3 so that it doesn't rhyme with the first verse, thus breaking the relationship between the two.
In this video, I assigned a number to each rhyming pair of verses within each stanza. As the video moves from stanza to stanza it clears the screen, and starts again. The numbers appear every 3 seconds which is the average time it takes to read each verse. As the viewer expects the 1-2-1-2 order to continue, in stanzas 3, 5, 6 the order is interrupted, as the none-rhyming verses have to be given a separate number. That separation is emphasized by offsetting the number from the central axis the numbers are aligned on.