->''They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care;\\
They pursued it with forks and hope;\\
They threatened its life with a railway-share;\\
They charmed it with smiles and soap.''

"The Hunting of the Snark (An Agony in 8 Fits)" is a NarrativePoem by Creator/LewisCarroll, telling the story of a group of [[NoNameGiven unnamed]] adventurers as they search for the elusive Snark, a vaguely-described creature which lives on a remote island.

The poem may be considered a SpiritualSuccessor to "Literature/{{Jabberwocky}}" from ''Literature/ThroughTheLookingGlass'', and contains several of the same creatures that are mentioned in "Jabberwocky".

Worth noting is how the poem was constructed - the last line was the first line that Carroll thought of. The rest of the poem was made to build up to it.

Creator/DouglasAdams gave a ShoutOut to the poem in the original radio version of ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' by titling the episodes "Fit the First" etc.

You can read it [[http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Hunting_of_the_Snark on Wikisource.]].
!! This poem provides examples of:
* ArcNumber: 42 has significance at several points.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: One illustration portrays the crew with two goddesses, who are supposed to represent Hope and Care.
* AuthorAvatar: According to Creator/MartinGardner's ''The Annotated "Hunting of the Snark"'', the Baker is an avatar of Carroll himself. One early line is "A dear uncle of mine, after whom I was named..."; Carroll's full name was Charles Luttwidge Dodgson, and he had an uncle whose first name was Luttwidge.
* BitCharacter: The Billiard Marker and Bonnet Maker really don't do much during the whole story. One member of the crew, the Boots, could well be TheGhost; he's mentioned ''once'', but doesn't even appear in any illustrations.
* DownerEnding: So much so that the first edition included a pamphlet about the meaning of Easter, to serve as a counterpoint.
* EldritchAbomination:
** The Bandersnatch. We don't get much of a description, but it is stated to be wickedly fast, has snapping, sharp-toothed jaws and is capable of extending its neck. Its EldritchAbomination status is proven by the effect it has on the Banker; merely being in its presence is enough to [[spoiler:drive the poor banker insane]].
** The Snark itself, which, if a Boojum, is capable of completely erasing people from existence.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Most of the characters.
* FeatheredFiend: The Jub-Jub Bird. It's described as having a [[HellIsThatNoise "shrill and high scream" like a pencil squeaking on a slate, and significantly scares those who hear it, including the Beaver who "turned pale to the tip of its tail"]] and being desperate and in a constant state of passion. It remembers every friend it's ever met and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking always refuses a bribe]]. There are also some Snarks that "have feathers and bite".
* FireForgedFriends: The Butcher and the Beaver initially don't get on, but their encounter with the fearsome Jub-Jub leads to them becoming close friends for life.
* ForDoomTheBellTolls: As well as several mentions in the text, it's notable that the Bellman's bell is in almost every single illustration.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: [[spoiler: The Banker loses his sanity after being attacked by a Bandersnatch]].
* HeyYou: Played with, due to the Baker having [[TheNameless forgotten his own name]]:
--> He would answer to "Hi!" or to any loud cry,
--> Such as "Fry me!" or "Fritter my wig!"
--> To "What-you-may-call-um!" or "What-was-his-name!"
---> But especially "Thing-um-a-jig!"
** This also leads to an IHaveManyNames:
---> His intimate friends called him "Candle-ends,"
----> And his enemies "Toasted-cheese."
* LamePunReaction: The Bellman has this:
-->The Bellman perceived that their spirits were low,
--->And repeated in musical tone
-->Some jokes he had kept for a season of woeŚ
--->But the crew would do nothing but groan.
** Also, snarks look grave at them.
* TheMusical: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunting_of_the_Snark_%28musical%29 One was made]] of it in TheEighties.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: What happens to you if you find out that the Snark you're hunting ''was'' a Boojum. [[spoiler: This is the eventual fate of the Baker.]]
* NoSenseOfHumor: Snarks have a hard time understanding jokes, as the Bellman explains:
-->The third is its slowness in taking a jest.
-->Should you happen to venture on one,
-->It will sigh like a thing that is deeply distressed:
-->And it always looks grave at a pun.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits
* RuleOfThree:
-->"Just the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried,
--->As he landed his crew with care;
-->Supporting each man on the top of the tide
--->By a finger entwined in his hair.

-->"Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:
--->That alone should encourage the crew.
-->Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:
--->What I tell you three times is true."
* TastesLikePurple:
-->''"Let us take them in order. The first is the taste,\\
Which is meagre and hollow, but crisp:\\
Like a coat that is rather too tight in the waist,\\
With a flavour of Will-o'-the-wisp. ''
* ThemeInitials: Everyone's [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep appellation]] starts with a B.
* WorldOfChaos
->''For the Snark ''was'' a Boojum, you see.''