Opening Poem - "All In the Golden Afternoon"
This short poem opens Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by describing a boating trip taken, one sunny afternoon, by three young girls and an adult friend (the narrator). The girls demand that the narrator tell them a story; he obliges, composing one out of his head. The narrator is presumably Lewis Carroll himself, and the little girls -- called Prima, Secunda, and Tertia in the poem (or "First," "Second" and "Third" in Latin) -- are Alice Liddell and her two sisters. The poem is both happy and melancholy, celebrating the joys of childhood but mourning the thought that Alice and her sisters will forget those joys, and Carroll's stories, as they grow up.
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