978-0-452-00971-4 / 0452009715

The Annotated Mother Goose (Meridian)

by Baring-Gould, William




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This 350 page examines Mother Goose rhymes which "are the beloved heritage of all English speaking people, repeated and modified by children and grown-ups for hundreds of years. They are the nursery rhymes, melodies, songs, jingles, riddles, catches, counting-out rhymes, lullabies, prayers, drinking songs, love songs that have enlivened life for all ages. This ample gathering, containing more than one thousand separate rhymes from the earliest surviving publications to the present day, is the most complete collection ever assembled. The copious and erudite notes not only point out the meaning of the rhymes and words, but also explain the many political allusions, jokes, later parodies, puzzles, tricks, games, and an amazing number of other curiosities. The complicated bibliographic history of the older rhymes is given in full. Aside from examining the rhymes themselves, the authors also discuss the 'personality' and possible identity of 'Mother Goose'."

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