Thursday, February 17, 2011

Death of Arch Duke Ferdinand and Ring Around The Rosie

In 1881 A nursery ryhme called Ring Around The Rosie was published in Kate Greenway's Mother Goose. 33 years later Archduke Ferdinand was assasinated. Ring around the rosie has a very erie and mysterious relation to his death. This is the entire nursery rhyme: "Ring around the rosie, pocketful of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down.".The term ring around the rosie represnts a ring of people gathering around a rose on a grave. Pocketfuls of posies were layed on his grave for posies are usually put on graves.Since Archduke Ferdinand's assasination was arguably one of the main causes of World War I, the ashes represent ashes from bombs and smoke from fallen airplanes. And as for the phrase "we all fall down" that shows not only the death of soilders but the exhaustion of the citizens,countries, and governments.

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