Given the enormous impact Lewis Carroll has had on generations of readers, I would in any case have wanted to include him in this series. I was not however sure that that would be justified in terms of his poetry alone. However, in including him amongst the 100 writers he celebrates in Genius, Harold Bloom pays particular attention to his poetry, which I will take as confirmation that this deserves celebration in its own right.
Much of the poetry appeared in the two Alice books, which are the main reason for Carroll’s fame. The poetry certainly adds to the impact of the book, though that alone would not have been enough to treat Carroll as a great poet. But there is undoubtedly one poem which can be celebrated in its own right, and I will begin with that, though I will also go on to discuss why the poems in the Alice books require inclusion in this series.