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Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum Nursery Rhyme

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A Rhyme About Twins

Tweedledee and Tweedledum are the fictitious twins who appear in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland as well as in Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. They are based on the same-named classic nursery rhyme. The Tweedles are portrayed by Matt Lucas in both the 2010 and 2016 films. Two chubby little fellows named Tweedledum and Tweedledee are opposites of one another but physically almost identical.

The phrases Tweedledum and Tweedledee were used to describe the sounds of low and high instruments in the 18th century, long before Carroll invented the characters. The expression had evolved by the 19th century to signify individuals or circumstances that were essentially interchangeable.

Tweedle Dee And Tweedle Dum Lyrics

Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Agreed to have a battle.

For Tweedledum said Tweedledee

Had spoiled his nice new rattle.

Just then flew down a monstrous crow,

As black as a tar-barrel,

Which frightened both the heroes so,

They quite forgot their quarrel!

Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum

Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum

Summary of  Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum Song

The speaker introduces himself using the names of the two peculiar main characters in the first four lines of "Tweedledum and Tweedledee." Some people think of the two as brothers, largely because of Lewis Carroll's portrayal of them. They agreed "to have a battle" up front without any discussion or justification. The poetry or song is made more interesting by drawing the reader—or, more likely, the listener—directly into the narrative. The fourth line gives the context for this "fight."

The final four lines, which feature a crow swooping down, convey the surreal setting in which "Tweedledum and Tweedledee" is set. It appears to the main protagonists as a monster and is incredibly huge. In addition, it is "black as a tar barrel." In this metaphor, the bird's color is compared to the deep black of tar. This comparison does not balance one another and instead makes the bird appear even darker and more menacing.

Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum

Tweedle Dee And Tweedle Dum

Word Galaxy

Here are the meaning of some difficult words used in the article:

  • Battle : A fight

  • Portrayed : to describe something or someone in a certain way

  • Menacing : threatening

  • Frightened : full of fear

  • Mirror : a flat glass which you can use to see yourself or anything behind you.

  • Enhance : to improve something or to make something look better


They are chubby little men who agree to fight, but it never happens, and a crow then scares them away.It is a funny rhyme which has been used for May generations and portrays the fictional character of Tweedledum and Tweedledee, which are mirror images of each other. Alice quotes the nursery rhyme when she first encounters the two little fat men, and the brothers go on to perform it. They decide to fight, but they never do. They start to retreat as soon as they spot the Crow. Even when one of them "agrees to have a battle," as the rhyme puts it, the Tweedle brothers never oppose one another. Instead, their remarks enhance one another.

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FAQs on Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum Nursery Rhyme

1. What do these interesting characters Tweedledee and Dum represent?

In western culture, it is used as slang which portrays any two characters who are identical in their appearance and actions.

2. In which year was the rhyme published

The rhyme was published in the year 1805.

3. What is the word ‘ monstrous’ meaning in the rhyme?

Monstrous means something gigantic or of very large size.