Nursery Rhyme Rhetoric Paper

For this assignment you will choose four nursery rhymes to investigate and study. For each nursery rhyme you will need to do the following:

  •  Provide the text of the nursery rhyme.
  •  Identify where it originated from and the time period.
  •  Discuss the historical context(s) or meaning behind each one (there may be more than one).
  •  Cite all your sources using MLA.
  •  This assignment should be 2-3 pages in length.

task as outlined in the syllabus is to locate four nursery rhymes you wish to discuss. Then you are asked to research the historical origins of each of your nursery rhymes, including

dates or time periods, contexts, and meanings behind them. Be sure not to confuse the first-

published date and the believed origin of the rhyme. The origin of the nursery rhyme will almost

always predate significantly the first published date. If you can, it would be a good idea to

mention both dates. You should make it a point to consult at least two sources about each rhyme

because you might find the discussions of meanings and origins can differ significantly. All

sources that you actually use (that is,cite) in your paper (not all sources you consulted but only

the ones you end up using in the text of your paper) should be cited in MLA style. Please note that paragraph one is devoted to the historical context of the rhyme and

paragraph two to its possible meanings. Be sure to include information about these two

aspects of the assignment, though you are not required to stick to a strict two-paragraph.


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