Mother Hubbard’s House Party – A Beginner’s Guide to Mother Goose

4 thoughts on “Mother Hubbard’s House Party – A Beginner’s Guide to Mother Goose”

  1. A colorful list of characters, indeed, and a nice write-up about them! One thing I like about nursery rhymes is the delightfully nonsensical humor where everything illogical is logical—kind of an Alice in Wonderland effect. The background information on where these first appeared is interesting, as well.

    Old Mistress Shuttle is an odd one, that I’ve never run across.The lines don’t seem to have much in the way of a regular meter that I can tell. I like that added verse, though.

    One little detail I noticed in Old Mother Hubbard: “beer” and “chair” apparently rhymed at that time, which may be why in some old rural dialects you used to hear “chair” pronounced like “cheer.” That’s a clue that it may have once been the general pronunciation. I think it’s interesting how the pronunciation of words change over time.

    Re the 10 O’Clock Scholar, I agree with heltsey’s comment above—I’d always taken the speaker’s question “What makes you come so soon?” as sarcastic, too. Maybe he was supposed to be there at 8:00 and is getting later all the time. 😀

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts! I hadn’t exactly pinpointed it before, but you’re right. I’d noticed that Mother Hubbard’s rhyme doesn’t really flow, of course, but you put it perfectly.
      I like your input on Ten O’Clock Scholar. I’m seeing it in a whole new way now that I have everyone’s ideas!


  2. Loved it. very thorough. The one about the 10 O’clock scholar is meant as sarcasm. or in being opposite, since later is referred to as sooner. and of course, 10 O’clock is late for class, noon means the kid is getting more lazy.

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