There Was A Crooked Man – Poem History

There was a Crooked Man who lived in a Crooked House. Read the poem and history.

There Was A Crooked man

Do you remember this poem as a child? I do. I read it to my children when they were small. They would then run around the house singing the song. As I get older I love remembering these things. I can still hear and picture my children as they were way back then. So Nursery Rhymes are not just for the young. They are for us old folks too. Do I hear you sing? 

There was a Crooked Man poem:

There was a crooked man and he walked a 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.



Nursery Rhyme & History

The origin of the Nursery rhyme “There was a crooked man” is in British history.
The content  of “There was a crooked man” poem has a basis in history. The origin of this poem originates from the English Stuart history of King Charles 1. The crooked man is reputed to be the Scottish General Sir Alexander Leslie. The General  signed a Covenant securing religious and political freedom for Scotland. The ‘crooked stile’ referred to in “There was a crooked man” being the border between England and Scotland. ‘They all lived together in a little crooked house’ refers to the fact that the English and Scots had at last come to an agreement. The words reflect the times when there was great animosity between the English and the Scots. The word crooked is pronounced as ‘crookED’ the emphasis being placed upon the ‘ED’ in the word. 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).


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