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Last week at school

This is the last week at school, happy birthday to Bendon Urie!

This week was super fun.

Monday: I worked on my essay about nursery rhymes, did math and French.

Tuesday: I did cooking where we made poké bowls, practiced math, worked on my essay and did French.

Wednesday: I polished up my essay in writing time, did some French, went to finance club and went to the park since it was so nice out.

Thursday: I went climbing at Cliffs and worked on a hard problem with @melody and @beths10. I also did my daily French practice.

Friday: I did anatomy and physiology where we learned about blood and then did maths II.

To summarize, I had a great week and am excited for spring break!

 

Here’s my essay:

Usually people associate glee and delight with nursery rhymes, but in reality, there’s nothing joyful about this dark nursery rhyme. Ring around the rosy is a very well known nursery rhyme, lots of kids around the world play it every single day, so it is interesting that most people don’t know that the true meaning behind the disturbing poem is that it’s actually about the bubonic plague. Ring around the rosy uses the literary device of rhyming to help distract young children so that they didn’t have to think about this terrible plague that’s killing their family and friends.

 

Ring around the rosy is a very old nursery rhyme that began around the 1300s. Right around that time the second pandemic of the bubonic plague was alive and well, killing many people and many families. Children dance in a ring with their arms interlocked while they sing the words “Ring around the rosy” The symptoms of the plague included a rosy red rash in the shape of a ring on the skin.

 

The second line reads “A pocketful of posies” This is referring to the doctors who wore plague masks filled with posies and other fresh smelling flowers because the doctors at the time believed that the plague was transmitted through the air, therefore stuffing their masks with lovely smelling flowers would make them immune to the plague.

 

The final line says “Ashes, ashes, we all fall down.” The children would now fall over onto the ground, simulating death from the bubonic plague. The ashes reference the remains from the cremation of burning corpses of people who died from the plague. Most people who died from the plague were burned in large groups so that they couldn’t infect any more people.

 

In conclusion, Ring around the Rosy was used back in the 1300s to relax young children and help divert their attention from the horrible plague and on to a fun and cheerful nursery rhyme where they would sing and dance. Many people are unaware of the eerie past of this innocent-seeming nursery rhyme.

 

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