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Adventure, Allegory, Fantasy
The poem is told from the perspective of a third-person, omniscient speaker.
The Hunting of the Snark is written in the past tense except for the dialogue, which is in the present tense.
The full title of the poem is The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits. Written in ballad form, the poem use stanzas of four lines each, comprising eight sections, or cantos, referred to as "fits." Fits is an archaic term for divisions in poetry. "Agony" describes the difficult quest of the Bellman and his crew to find the dangerous Snark. The word fit is used in several idioms, such as "throw a fit" and "fit of agony" to imply a person's loss of control over their emotions. Lewis was likely making use of the idiomatic sense of the word fit.
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