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Poetry Friday: English Nursery Rhymes

In a quest to find poems for this week, I turned once again to my trusty The World Treasury of Children's Literature, by Clifton Fadiman (I have the single-volume paperback edition put out by QPBC in 1995). I was charmed by several of the English nursery rhymes listed, and have included two of them below.

Betty Botter bought some butter,
But, she said, the butter's bitter;
If I put it in my batter
It will make my batter bitter,
But a bit of better butter
Will make my batter better.
So she bought a bit of butter
Better than her bitter butter,
And she put it in her batter
And the batter was not bitter.
So 'twas better Betty Botter bought a bit
       of better butter.


There was a crooked man,
  And he walked a crooked mile,
He found a crooked sixpence
  Against a crooked stile;
He bought a crooked cat,
  Which caught a crooked mouse,
And they all lived together
  In a little crooked house.


Aren't those fun? In double-checking, I found that Kelly included the Crooked Man poem on her site back in June. However, since I had already typed it up, I decided to share it with you again. Have a great weekend!

UPDATE: Here are links to some other Poetry Friday entries for the day. If I missed you, please let me know.