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Newsletter editorial, Feb '13: Bobby Shaftoe

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Newsletter editorial, Feb '13: Bobby Shaftoe

Postby Dave » Sun 3 Mar 2013 07:39 GMT

This month's newsletter editorial was about nursery rhymes with a history behind them - the use of rhymes to relate historical events in a humorous, picturesque or even allegorical way.

Do you know of any rhymes that tell historical stories? Why not post below and tell us about them? :)
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Postby Graeme » Sun 3 Mar 2013 10:20 GMT

I thought they all had a historical basis and were 'rhymified' as a way of making some of the historical information available and understandable to the masses. I'm sure a lot of it was political and made to paint the object of the rhyme as a hero or villein depending on the purpose of the rhyme. Sort of similar to political slogans of today perhaps?
'Sing a song of sixpence' is one that springs to mind as does 'Little Tom Thumb'
Interesting piece for the newsletter anyhow!
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