Ring around the rosy
A pocket full
We all fall down
Ring Around The Rosy is one of the best known and time enduring nursery rhymes. Ever! It may be the first.
It is widely known throughout the English speaking world and versions are also found in German, Dutch and Italian. Even more noteworthy is the fact that it dates back to the Great London Plague – mid 1600’s – or possibly earlier.
We don’t know exactly when it was first written or popularized but that’s not the important question.
The important question is how did such a short and apparently meaningless nursery rhyme become so popular?
What influential person wrote it?
How was it popularized without a major publisher?
We don’t have answers to these questions but we do know what inspired it. This little ditty was motivated by a flea. Not a great person. Not a great publisher, but a flea.
One small flea made this happen. [Read more…]