Monday, February 16, 2009

For deb,

There was a crooked man and he walked the crooked mile,

He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile,

He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse,

And they all lived together in a little crooked house.

The content of this poem has a history about it.

The crooked gentleman was reportedly Scottish General Sir Alexander Leslie.

The general signed a convenant securing religious and political freedom for Scotland.

The 'crooked stile' was the border between England and Scotland.

The 'crooked house' refers to the fact that there was a lot of animosity between the English and Scottish.
The word 'crooked' is pronounced 'crookED', the emphasis being placed on the 'ED'. This was common in olde england and many references can be found in this type of pronunciation in the works of William Shakespeare. (1564-1616)


Sage said...

Never knew the story behind the this sort of thing.. any more?

deb said...

Wow, Annette! I take a few days to work and look what you've done. I love them, thanks!