Nursery Rhymes Essay

1264 Words Oct 27th, 2009 6 Pages
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…
The most well known lulliby is “Rock-a-Bye, Baby”. It’s sung in a small light whispery voice usually, and this puts kids right to sleep. But should it? Again in this rhyme a person is very violent, and gives some kids horrible nightmares. It goes, “Rock-a-bye, baby, in the tree top. When the wind blows, the cradle will rock. When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall, and down will come baby, cradle and all” (Brainz). Just looking at this and reading this is horrible. Babies up in trees, the trees crashing down; and the baby and cradle falling to the ground along with it. Could it be falling to its death? Some parents say that their mothers are there right under it and catch the babies, and they are safe. Some kids cannot believe this, which in turn gives them nightmares. The actual meaning behind the nursery rhyme dates back to the Pilgrim times. A young Pilgrim saw Native American mothers hanging their kids in trees from baskets. And the wind would blow by rocking the children to sleep. Sometimes possibly blowing them over and killing the kid. This is very dark and kind of scary song (Brainz). A rhyme that is often on the television show Barney, well-known as “London Bridge,” is not a very good kid friendly rhyme. Just from hearing it, it seems to be about a bridge that is collapsing. “London Bridge is falling down, down. Falling down, falling down, down. London Bridge is falling down,

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