A Boat Beneath A Sunny Sky

By Lewis Carroll

Author Bio

Lewis Carrol was Born on January 27, 1832 in Daresbury, Cheshire, England. Lewis was a shy man who had grown up in a family of eleven siblings early in his life he excelled in academics. He loved writing stories for children such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis died in 1898 at the age of sixty six.


A Boat beneath a sunny sky,

Lingering onward dreamily

In an evening of July —

Children three that nestle near,

Eager eye and willing ear,

Pleased a simple tale to hear —

Long has paled that sunny sky:

Echoes fade and memories die:

Autumn frosts have slain July.

Still she haunts me, phantomwise,

Alice moving under skies

Never seen by waking eyes.

Children yet, the tale to hear,

Eager eye and willing ear,

Lovingly shall nestle near.

In a Wonderland they lie,

Dreaming as the days go by,

Dreaming as the summers die:

Ever drifting down the stream —

Lingering in the golden gleam —

Life, what is it but a dream?

"A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky" by Lewis Carroll (read by Tom O'Bedlam)

Poem analysis

A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky is poem that describes loss of innocence and the process of growing up using the idea and image of the changing of seasons. The boat possibly represents life while it floats down the river which represents life and time.