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Heavy words lightly thrown : the reason behind the rhyme

Author: Chris Roberts
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2006.
Series: Thorndike Press large print nonfiction series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Large print edView all editions and formats
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Nursery rhymes are rarely as innocent as they seem --there is a wealth of concealed meaning in our familiar childhood verse. More than a century after Queen Victoria decided that children were better off without the full story, London librarian Roberts brings the truth to light. He traces the origins of the subtle phrases and antiquated references, revealing religious hatred, political subversion, and sexual
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Large type books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Roberts, Chris.
Heavy words lightly thrown.
Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2006
(DLC) 2006001519
(OCoLC)63108445
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Chris Roberts
OCLC Number: 894799926
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (256 pages (large print)).
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Series Title: Thorndike Press large print nonfiction series.
Responsibility: Chris Roberts.

Abstract:

Nursery rhymes are rarely as innocent as they seem --there is a wealth of concealed meaning in our familiar childhood verse. More than a century after Queen Victoria decided that children were better off without the full story, London librarian Roberts brings the truth to light. He traces the origins of the subtle phrases and antiquated references, revealing religious hatred, political subversion, and sexual innuendo.

A history lesson that makes astonishing connections to contemporary popular culture, this book is for Anglophiles, parents, history buffs, and anyone who has ever wondered about the origins of rhymes. The book features a glossary of slang and historical terms, and silhouettes of Mother Goose characters to accompany the rhymes.--From publisher description.

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