Wednesday, May 18, 2011 3:49:27 AM
"Sing a song of six pence" is about the plague as well as "Ring around the rosie". The cost of removing a plague-ridden body from a house hold was six pence. Those who suffered from the plague would carry rye flowers in their pockets to cover the odour of the plague. The black birds are reference to the "doctors" who did strange things to stem off the plague (they wore masks with charcoal as air filters...like gas masks, which gave them the appearance of birds, also where the term "quack" for doctor comes from). The Pie was a nickname for the commoner section of London. And, while the common people were dying with the plague, and the city was burning, the peasants believed that the royals had nothing better to do than count money and eat honey. The maid's nose being "snipped off" is a reference to the sentiments of the people that the plague would ravage the royal family as well.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 12:55:46 AM
Humpty Dumpty is claimed to be many things, so to say it's definitely about a cannon in the English civil war holds about as much water as the original claim of the king does. Along side those two, are claims it was a clumsy person (hence falling off a wall) or that it was an alcoholic drink. There`s no proof either way, just conjecture, as is with most of the nursery rhymes out there.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 4:33:46 AM
I didn't take the time to read the entire article for the simple fact that the first one was so incorrect.
Humpty Dumpty wasn`t about a King falling off his horse. That wouldn`t even make sense. The rhyme doesn`t say "Humpty Dumpty sat on a horse", but "on a wall".
Humpty Dumpty was, in fact, a large cannon used during the English Civil War. A cannon that happened to be positioned where? ON A WALL! And the rhyme is about the cannon being crippled during battle. When the King ordered his men to repair the cannon, it was found to be irreparable and was decommissioned.