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Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty is a character in an English nursery rhyme, probably originally a riddle and one of the best known in the English-speaking world. He is typically portrayed as an anthropomorphic egg, though he is not explicitly described as such.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the king's horses and all the king's men,

Couldn't put Humpty together again.


Humpty Dumpty sate on a wall,

Humpti Dumpti had a great fall;

Threescore men and threescore more,

Cannot place Humpty dumpty as he was before

 

History of the Poem:

"Humpty Dumpty," a renowned nursery rhyme, traces its roots back to the 17th century, with the earliest recorded version found in Samuel Arnold's 1797 book, "Juvenile Amusements." The name "Humpty Dumpty" was originally a term for overweight individuals in the 15th century. While the rhyme doesn't specify his appearance, the character is now commonly depicted as an anthropomorphic egg. This nursery rhyme's interpretations range from symbolic references to historical figures, like King Richard III, to cautionary tales about pride. "Humpty Dumpty" has left an indelible mark on culture, appearing in literature, art, and even Lewis Carroll's works. Its enduring charm underscores the timeless influence of nursery rhymes on our cultural narrative.

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