Well obviously but he completely neglects my favorite interpretation of Jack and Jill Now I understand he doesn t intend this little book to interpretation of Jack and Jill Now I understand he doesn t intend this little book to comprehensive but
i have ithave it a reliable source well Nancy Farmer that the well is Mimisbrunnr at the third root of Yggdrasil I think a continental view of these rhymes would have illuminated different themes in many cases Overall however this is a lovely little book Roberts has mastered a kind of conversational wit that had me flipping cheerfully to the lossary every few pages to figure out why the heck cheese on toast could be considered racist against the Welsh His ending with Old King Cole and the idea of nostalgic olden ages even earned enough indulgence to forgive his use of Geoffrey of Monmouth as a historical source 2018 Reading Challenge title includes song lyricsI forgot how much I enjoyed this book the first read through I nursery rhymes In fact when my daughter was born I bought TWO Mother Goose books one for me one for her It s easy to fall back on innocence when reading these but they re really not This book tells the stories behind many of the most popular verses memorized in childhood Now the reader must take into account that the author is English so there are many British references but not to worry There is a lossar. Udian interpretations and makes astonishing connections to contemporary popular culture Striking and spooky silhouettes of nursery rhyme characters accompany the rhymes Youll never see Mother Goose in the same way again BACKCOV. Ies and references to the fairy talemother "goose rhymes which are totally intellectually stimulating The information packed into short snippets "rhymes which are totally intellectually stimulating The information packed into short snippets the fairy talemother oose rhymes which are totally intellectually stimulating The information packed into short snippets allows the to o out and do further research into the topic or be satisfied with the explanation The History of Provincetown given It s clear and concise and leaves anyone interested in the history of fairy tales and such like where and who they re about fulfilled Not intended as areat scholarly tome this book offers a few of the most plausible and interesting explanations of nursery rhymes Many of these little ditties are actually in reference to members of the monarchy Henry VIII and the other Tudors et a few as do James I and James II Apparently if you can be decapitated for expressing dissent DISGUISING YOUR MESSAGE WITH FRIENDLY ANIMALS your message with friendly animals some sort of appeal Roberts does his best to dissect these rhymes with historical context and an exploration of the language which is not always what one might have inferred For instance round the mulberry bush refers to walking a prison yard That just ives a whole new connotation to the whole this is the way we trick Roberts presentation is a little focused on the relatively modern British history which is interesting enough and probably easily researched He does mention the idea the Cock Robin is Baldur because. F the most innocuous sounding nursery rhymes uncovering a seething subtext of sexual innuendo religious hatred and political subversion Heavy Words Lightly Thrown provides a fascinating history lesson teases out some alarming Fre. This is an anthology of old nursery rhymes which purports to explain the origin of the rhymesmany of which have political implications Of course there are also a huge number of variants of the rhymes that have been used or developed over the years as well This complicated the interpretation of the rhymes I have somewhat mixed feeling about the book I don t think it s especially scholarly For example with the rhyme Goosey خاطرات یک زن توده ای gooseyanderThere I met an old man who wouldn t say his prayersSo I him the rhyme Goosey Is Government the Source of Monopoly? and Other Essays (Cato Paper ; No. 9) ganderThere I met an old man who wouldn t say his prayersSo I took him the left leg and threw him down the stairsRoberts simply interprets this as having sexual meanings with the idea thatoose refers to a prostitutewhereas other commentators draw attention to the fact that it is probably related to Catholic priestswho if found in priest holes etc were likely to be thrown down the stairsor to the actual case of Cardinal Beaton who would not submit to the covenanter s demands and was thrown down the stairsSo interesting not especially reliable or scholarly and Roberts throws in some of his own amusing writing touches for One Too Many Blows To The Head good measure Some worksome don tat least for me I rate it as three stars Easy reading But I don t think I ll keep it I ve read this book twice and each time Iet out of it It s not a heavy read by any means The author ives short histor. Was Little Jack Horner a suatter Baa Baa Black Sheep a bleat about taxation What did Jack and Jill do on that hill Who was Mary And why was she contrary This witty and ingenious book delves into the hidden meanings of forty .