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Heavy Words Lightly Thrown: The Reason Behind the Rhyme

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Publisher Comments:

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. BACKCOVER: 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.?

?Orlando Sentinel

?Roberts employs a decidedly playful approach in analyzing the rhymes.?

?Chicago Tribune

?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.?

?Publishers Weekly (starred review)

?HWLT is obviously a labor of love, performed by a man obsessed with language, history, but intent on making the education of his readers a joyous experience.?

?Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

?a loving, in-depth look at history, the human condition, and why words and the way they are used matters so much.?

?Sunday Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News

?a lighthearted, often hilarious look at the human condition and a fascinating exploration of how words can shape mythology and culture.?

?Syracuse Post-Standard

) ?A fascinating slice of history with quirky, unexpected and often scandalous tales.?

?Providence Sunday Journal

?An intriguing & informative historical trip through those odd little songs I sang as an odd little child. A must-have for anyone who has ever been younger than they are now.?

?Angus Oblong, creator of ?The Oblongs? animated series & author of Creepy Susie: And 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children

?James Finn Garner, author of Politically Correct Bedtime Stories

Synopsis:

Revealing the seamy and quirky stories behind favorite nursery rhymes, London librarian Roberts traces the origins of the subtle phrases and antiquated references, unearthing religious hatred, political subversion, and sexual innuendo.

About the Author

Chris Roberts is a librarian in South London and sometime walking tour guide in London. He incorporated these stories into his tours, which became the inspiration for the book. Roberts lived in New York City for several years after earning a degree in history at Swansea University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781592402175
Subtitle:
The Reason Behind the Rhyme
Author:
Roberts, Chris
Publisher:
Gotham
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Form - Essays
Subject:
Form - Limericks & Verse
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20060817
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 8 up to AND UP
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.98x5.42x.60 in. .42 lbs.
Age Level:
from 14 up to AND UP

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