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by Chris Roberts

eBook Heavy Words Lightly Thrown: The Reason Behind the Rhyme ePub
Author: Chris Roberts
Language: English
ISBN: 1862077924
ISBN13: 978-1862077928
Publisher: Granta Books; New Ed edition (September 5, 2005)
Pages: 192
Category: Social Sciences
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 754
Formats: docx mbr lit txt
ePub file: 1422 kb
Fb2 file: 1889 kb

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Praise for Heavy Words Lightly Thrown: "What makes HWLT so much fun to read is not just the wacky stories Roberts tells, but the way Roberts tells . Roberts employs a decidedly playful approach in analyzing the rhymes.

Praise for Heavy Words Lightly Thrown: "What makes HWLT so much fun to read is not just the wacky stories Roberts tells, but the way Roberts tells them. He has a quick, chummy wit and moves easily between the past and the present, making connections between the way people acted then and the way we act now, and sending up both.

Heavy Words Lightly Thrown provides a fascinating history lesson, teases out some alarming .

Heavy Words Lightly Thrown provides a fascinating history lesson, teases out some alarming Freudian interpretations, and makes astonishing connections to contemporary popular culture. Striking and spooky silhouettes of nursery rhyme characters accompany the rhymes. Roberts deploys an informal style of scholarship to a dazzling effect, transforming a catalogue of familiar nursery rhymes into a treasure trove of tantalizingly slippery archaisms, hidden etymological layers, arcane associations and buried meanings. This is better than history lite-it's history made delightful.

Some of the rhymes have clear historical origins; others are murkier, and in those cases, Roberts presents the various theories

Jack fell down and broke his crown, And Jill came tumbling after. Some of the rhymes have clear historical origins; others are murkier, and in those cases, Roberts presents the various theories. In some cases, he wanders a bit afield, but it's always interesting and entertaining to see where he goes. For instance, there's his explanation of "Yankee Doodle", in which he encourages the reader as follows

Roberts is the author of Heavy Words Lightly Thrown: The Reason Behind the Rhyme. Mr. CHRIS ROBERTS ("Heavy Words Lightly Thrown"): Right. I'm going to do the more popular version, the better known version, first of all, which is: & three men in a tub.

Roberts is the author of Heavy Words Lightly Thrown: The Reason Behind the Rhyme. And who do you think were there? The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker, and all jumped out of a rotten potater(ph). It was enough to make a man stare.

The rhyme has been seen as having religious and historical significance, but its origins and meaning are disputed. a b Roberts, Chris (2004). Heavy Words Lightly Thrown: The Reason Behind the Rhyme. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 19626.

And why was she contrary?This witty and ingenious book delves into the hidden meanings of forty of the most innocuous- sounding nursery rhymes, uncovering a seething subtext of sexual innuendo, religious hatred, and political subversion.

Originally published: Great Britain: Granta Books, 2004.

Heavy Words Lightly Thrown is a small collection of the stories and characters behind some of the world's . And the subtitle is way off. Rather than "The Reason Behind the Rhyme," it should be "Apocryphal Stories and Historical Gossip Tangentially Related to Nursery Rhymes.

Heavy Words Lightly Thrown is a small collection of the stories and characters behind some of the world's most popular (and sometimes obscure) nursery rhymes. With a few pages dedicated to each, the book proves a quick read while learning the true meaning of Baa Baa Blacksheep and the secret identity of Jack Sprat. But I suppose that lacks a certain. Wow. How's that for getting my snark on?)But I sound a lot more disappointed than I actually am.

Was Little Jack Horner a squatter? "Baa Baa Black Sheep" a bleat about taxation? What did Jack and Jill do on that hill? Who was Mary? And why was she contrary?

This witty and ingenious book delves into the hidden meanings of forty of the most innocuous- sounding nursery rhymes, uncovering a seething subtext of sexual innuendo, religious hatred, and political subversion. Heavy Words Lightly Thrown provides a fascinating history lesson, teases out some alarming Freudian interpretations, and makes astonishing connections to contemporary popular culture. Striking and spooky silhouettes of nursery rhyme characters accompany the rhymes.

You’ll never see Mother Goose in the same way again.

Jothris
FASCINATING! It gave me an appetite for finding out the take of others. I know at least one author, "Dr Merne Harris", who picked up the initial "catch-phrase", "Humpty Dumpty and his friends".

When I picked this up, I actually saw a copy of Dr Harris's book available on e-bay. He taught at "Mennard College".

Have fun!
watchman
Not written by an historian. Very little research. I was hoping for a more etymological perspective.
Muniath
This book makes for fun and light reading, perfect for those bits and pieces of time when you're waiting for an appointment. The author's approach is interesting and engaging, and the book helpfully provides a glossary to help non-Brits understand the Britishisms. Unfortunately, the book also left me wanting more information in several places, and sometimes the author sacrifices data in favor of humor (and he has an annoying obsession with football). Still, a painless way to learn about common nursery rhymes.
Tcaruieb
I've long wanted an annotated Mother Goose book, and had high hopes for this one. Sadly, while it was quite entertainingly written, it fell short of being the compendium of knowledge I had wished to own. The author makes many contemporary references but fudges on real insight in many cases. Still, it is a fun read.
Erthai
There was a snag in the original shipment. It took some time to exchange emails. It finally arrived and I'm pleased with both condition and content. Thank you
Innadril
The book is not very informative. It tells you what the rhymes might have meant but often does not claim definite knowledge.
Nilabor
A fantastic primer on the history behind songs, lyrics, nursery rhymes originating in Europe. Phrases and slang usage in Britain, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland along with their beginnings. Well written, humorous references, educational!
Interesting material
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