Nursery rhymes provide strong
images of Britain. Many towns have their own rhymes: St
Ives, Banbury, Gloucester. Many are now considered to be
very politically incorrect. I will be expanding upon this
in due course.
rhymes (or as they came to be known in the United
States-"Mother Goose" rhymes) are part
of the oral tradition-most cannot be dated with
any certainty. Like fairy tales and folk tales,
many are centuries old. Most of them are
anonymous although some more recently authored
rhymes (such as "Twinkle Twinkle" and
"Old Mother Hubbard" and "Mary Had
a Little Lamb" [which one critic has said is
the best known four line verses in the English
langauge]) for which we do know the date of
publication and the author have found their way
into the canon of more traditional nursery rhymes.
["Old Mother Hubbard" was written down
in 1804 when a woman was urged by her brother-in-law
to "go write down one of her stupid little
rhymes-sold 10,000 copies.)
|Some are specific to the
British tradition; others such as Humpty Dumpty
is known in France, Scandinavia, Switzerland, and
Germany. From Additional
Puffin Book of Nursery Rhymes
On Saturday night I lost my wife,
And where do you think I found her?
Up in the moon, singing a tune,
And all the stars around her.
Lived in a little house;
He caught fishes
In other mens' ditches.
Goose Treasury (1966)
huge 217 page treasury of traditional nursery rhymes,
know, many you only think you know, and many more
probably never heard of. All are beautifully illustrated
a myriad of sizes and shapes, and many are in colour.
List of rhymes
from Zelo provided at the foot of this page.
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