A Short Analysis of the ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’ Nursery Rhyme
Words for Life - Hickory Dickory Dock
This nursery rhyme first appeared in print in but is thought to refer to events of the previous century. Britain was a republic between the execution of King Charles I in and the restoration of the monarchy, under King Charles II, in Oliver Cromwell died in September , having proposed to Parliament that Richard should succeed him. However, Richard was not only inadequately prepared for the role, he was also not suited for it temperamentally. He was simply not the right man for the job and had no real desire for it. As a result, Richard Cromwell only lasted for nine months as Lord Protector before offering his resignation. Moves were then set in train for the return of the monarchy.
Hickory, dickory dock is intended to introduce children to the fundamentals of telling the time. Hickory, dickory dock is also known by another title "Hickory, dickory doc" inevitable perhaps due to the nonsensical nature of the words of Hickory, dickory dock! The first publication date for the "Hickory, dickory dock" rhyme is Investigation into the meanings of the words used in the rhyme lead us to believe that it has its origins in America.
Hickory Dickory Dock Gently bounce your baby to the beat The mouse ran up the clock Run your fingers up from your baby's toes to their chin and give them a tickle The clock struck one Clap your hands together once The mouse ran down Run your fingers back down to your baby's toes and tickle them Hickory Dickory Dock. The clock struck two Clap your hands together twice The mouse went "boo! The clock struck three Clap your hands together three times The mouse went "weeee!