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Most people come into contact for the first time with poetry through nursery rhymes in their early childhood. Many of these rhymes have their roots far back in history and few of their authors are even known. In fact until mid 18th century very few of these rhymes had ever been printed except perhaps as marginality in some plays. It was with the birth of the publishing industry and the first catering to children’s education and entertainment that along with fairy tales (Anderson, The Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault) the first volumes of nursery rhymes were printed (for example: Tommy Thumb’s Song Book 1744, Mother Goose‘s Melody, or, Sonnets for the Cradle (London, c. 1765)) and here’s what Wikipedia has to say about where they came from:
“[these are the first records] we have of many classic rhymes, still in use today. These rhymes seem to have come from a variety of sources, including traditional riddles, proverbs, ballads, lines of Mummers‘ plays, drinking songs, historical events, and, it has been suggested, ancient pagan rituals. About half of the currently recognized “traditional” English rhymes were known by the mid-18th century.”
One of the best known nursery rhymes with a known author is “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. It was written and published in 1806 by Jane Taylor (1783–1824) as “The Star Poem” in a collection entitled Rhymes for the Nursery in collaboration with her sister Ann Taylor (1782–1866). It was written in couplet form:
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.
Then the traveller in the dark
Thanks you for your tiny sparks;
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.
In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye
Till the sun is in the sky.
As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveller in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
Music was only added in 1838.
So, what I’d like you to do this week is write a nursery rhyme using the couplet form. Something that would perhaps delight your own children or grand children. It could be about nature, or about an adventure, you choose. You might want to create your poem using iambic tetrameter … like in Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham (Random House, 1960):
I do not like green eggs and ham
I do not like them Sam I am.
I do not like them in a boat
I do not like them with a goat.
I do not like them in a house
I do not like the with a mouse.
Once you’ve written your nursery rhyme couplet … (or perhaps you’d like to try to write your nursery rhyme in shadorma form) please tag Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie and B&P’s Shadorma & Beyond. Then add your link to the Mr. Linky app below. Above all – have a great time.
By the way, Paloma tells me she’ll be with us again next week and we’re really happy to know she’s doing better! Ciao … Bastet!