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Nursery rhymes have been considered trifles until comparatively recent times and consequently were never taken too seriously. It has only been with the increased interest in the science of folk-lore that they have begun to attract attention and their true purpose and meaning discovered.

My curiosity about the origin of Mother Goose rhymes · came through a course taken in children's literature. I wrote a paper at that time on some of my findings and observations. This paper is an enlargement and updating of that project including more information from historical sources, a study of selected foreign editions and some remarks on the relevancy of Mother Goose today.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Library Science

First Advisor

Mary Lou Mc Grew


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