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Thread #25358   Message #3047264
Posted By: MGM·Lion
06-Dec-10 - 04:32 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Subject: RE: Origins: Go Tell Aunt Rhody
···So many songs emanate from plagues, such as the "Black Death."···
A much-disputed assertion. The great children's folklorist Peter Opie once dismissively described this theory in relation to 'Ring-o-Roses' [on which see several threads] as "one of those pieces of folklore about folklore", in an interview I did with Peter & Iona Opie for Folk Review July 1974, published under title "The Children's Child". "We have had a publisher badgering us for the secret history of nursery rhymes, as if all we have published is the official story and we know something more but we won't say. And this is what has made it a woolly, silly subject".