Nursery Rhymes

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Nursery Rhymes “Baa Baa Black Sheep”, “Jack and Jill”, and “Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater” are very well known around the world. They are told to our children at a young age and are remembered forever. Should they really be told and remembered? There is a lot of dark twisted violent meanings behind some of these simple nursery rhymes. “Ring around the Rosy”, “Humpty Dumpty”, “Rock-a-Bye, Baby”, “London Bridge”, “Jack be Nimble “ and “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary” are some of the rhymes I can vividly remember from my childhood. They have some very dark meanings about what you would not want to tell your children when they're so young. “Humpty Dumpty” is also a well known nursery rhyme around the world. This is also told to lots of young…show more content…
This seems to be very twisted, right from the beginning to the end. The hidden meaning behind this rhyme, is that the nursery rhyme refers to the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn. She was the second wife of King Henry VIII. Anne Boleyn was accused of incest and adultery. And in the end, was locked up and ultimately executed for treason. Yet again another dark and violent nursery rhyme (Brainz). “Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jump over the candle stick.”(Europe) Such a catchy rhyme, wouldn’t you say? You think to yourself, jumping over candle sticks, what’s the point? This simple nursery rhyme has a very different meaning than someone would expect. It’s about Black Jack, the English pirate. He was well known for always escaping from the authorities in the 16th century. Hence the line “Jack be nimble”. Also the “jumping over a candle stick” line is believed to be related the old English game candle stick jumping. Candle stick jumping was originally a sport of jumping over fires. But was deemed far too dangerous and then was outlawed. It was sonly replaced with the far less dangerous sport of candlestick jumping. Other than those two things there is not much they can go on because the rhyme is so short (Alchin). “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary” is also known to a lot of people. It seems like such a sweet rhyme, having to do with this little girl planting flowers and putting little decorations on them to make this really beautiful garden. You can see
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