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Questions tagged [nursery-rhyme]

For questions about nursery rhymes, traditional poems or songs for children.

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What do you call a break in rhyming in the middle of a book / poem for dramatic effect

Here's what I'm trying to say. I'm creating a children's book for a school project. I've been tasked to identify some literary devices used throughout the book. There is a section of the book which ...
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Why is “Oranges and Lemons” supposed to describe child sacrifice?

The popular nursery rhyme "Oranges and Lemons": Oranges and lemons, Say the bells of St. Clement’s. You owe me five farthings, Say the bells of St. Martin’s. When will you pay me? ...
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Why did “they” go to sea in a sieve?

In the poem 'The Jumblies' by Edward Lear, the protagonists go to sea in a sieve. They went to sea in a Sieve, they did, In a Sieve they went to sea: In spite of all their friends could say,...
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How did the man going from/coming to St Ives have seven wives?

Wikipedia indicates that the classic riddle "As I was Going to St Ives" was written at some point in the 1700s or 1800s. As I was going to St Ives I met a man with seven wives Bigamy, however ...
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How many were going to St. Ives?

The traditional nursery rhyme/riddle "As I was Going to St. Ives" appears to have a simple answer Q. How many were there going to St. Ives? A. Just the traveller. But is this what the author ...
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Is the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill based on real life events?

Jack and Jill went up the hill To fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown, And Jill came tumbling after. Up Jack got, and home did trot, As fast as he could caper, ...
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How do we know Humpty Dumpty was an egg?

As depicted in 1870 by James William Elliott's National Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Songs, the nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty" goes as follows: Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great ...
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What is Jack's crown?

The English nursing rhyme "Jack and Jill" has several verses. The first verse is: Jack and Jill went up the hill To fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown, And ...