"Humpty Dumpty", one of the best known English nursery rhymes, was earlier believed to be one of the riddles. Humpty Dumpty character in the rhyme is portrayed as a personified egg. The poem is listed in the Roud Folk Song Index as No. 13026.
It is in single stanza, thus little learners and preschoolers can easily memorize it.
Origin and Meaning of Humpty Dumpty
Rhyme's melody is believed to be first recorded in late eighteenth-century, by James William Elliott's National Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Songs. As common with other nursery rhymes, several theories have been advanced to explain the origin and meaning of "Humpty Dumpty" nursery rhyme. The author or composer of the this popular kids song is not known.
As per Oxford English Dictionary, "Humpty Dumpty" is a drink which was prepared in seventeenth century by boiling brandy with ale. Katherine Elwes Thomas claims that Humpty Dumpty refers to King Richard III of England, who was defeated at Bosworth Field in 1485.
The other theory was advanced by Professor David Daube, who suggested that Humpty Dumpty was a "tortoise" siege engine. According to him, this was used to reach the walls of the Parliamentary held city of Gloucester when the city was sieged in the English Civil War.
In the website of Colchester tourist board, Humpty Dumpty is a large canon, which was used by royal defenders in the siege of 1648. A shot from a Parliamentary cannon damaged the wall beneath Humpty Dumpty, and thus the canon tumbled to the ground. And the Cavaliers or "all the King's men" made attempts to put Humpty Dumpty on to another part of the wall, but as cannon was too heavy to lift, so "All the King's horses and all the King's men, couldn't put Humpty together again".
Though the similar versions have been recorded by folklorists in several other languages, such as "Lille Trille" in Swedish and Norwegian, "Boule Boule" in French, and "Humpelken-Pumpelken" or "Runtzelken-Puntzelken" in different parts of Germany, but none of them is as popular as the English language version "Humpty Dumpty".
Lyrics to The Rhyme
The nursery rhyme is one of the kids' favorite nursery rhymes, popularly sung in English-speaking world. The common modern lyrics are with a trochaic metre:
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a big fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.
"Humpty Dumpty" nursery rhyme follow the same pattern of AABB, which is most common in other popular kids' songs and rhymes.
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