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Alphabe Thursday … N is for Nursery Rhymes

February 21, 2013

In the UK , America and anywhere the English language is spoken, children enjoy listening to the same traditional verses. This has changed over the last decades, but certainly I was immersed in nursery rhymes at least until late 1950s and the early 1960s when popular music became ‘heard’ on the radio and the BBC.

In the New World and indeed the old a child’s first ‘poems’ or poetic memories were Mary, Mary quite contrary, Humpty Dumpty and Old King Cole etc.
The only difference was that in England these songs were called Nursery Rhymes and in America they were called Mother Goose Songs.
The term ‘nursery rhymes seems to have come on to use about 1824; until then they had been called ‘songs’ or ‘ditties’ and earlier in the 18th century usually as Tom Thumb’s’ songs or Mother Goose’s’ the name retained in America.   

Nursery Rhymes 1

Nursery Rhymes 2


Nursery Rhymes 3

Nursery Rhymes

Further reading The Oxford dictionary of nursery rhymes edited by Iona and Peter Opie


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10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 21, 2013 10:34 am

    Brilliant a wonderful introduction to this poetry for children. So excited that I have a grandson to teach these to traditional as well as modern p

    • February 21, 2013 11:09 am

      We now have access to ‘other’ traditional songs now. We are the richer for it! … _/\_x

  2. February 21, 2013 1:33 pm

    Great post for N ~ still have my grandmother’s book of poems similar to yours ^_^

    • February 21, 2013 2:02 pm

      They are very collectible and so nice to look for in second hand book shops. _/\_ x

  3. February 21, 2013 5:16 pm

    Such an interesting *N* post – superb illustrations! I love browsing second hand bookshops whenever I’m back in the UK.

    Have a great Alphabe-Thursday,

    Visiting from Alphabe-Thursday

    • February 21, 2013 5:31 pm

      I like to have something to look for and Children’s books of late have caught my fancy _/\_ x

  4. February 23, 2013 2:18 pm

    Ah wow! What a great post and thank you for sharing. Illustration are awesome!

  5. March 1, 2013 4:40 pm

    I have always thought poetry was nifty!

    This was a great link.

    Thanks for sharing it.


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