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Number Games and Number Rhymes: The Origin and Development of the Number Rhyme


by David Eugene Smith - 1912

The predilection for rhythm among primitive peoples is well known. The childhood of the race had the same delight in meter that the childhood of the individual has in every generation. The earliest literature of a people is usually its folk songs, sometimes ballads and sometimes epics. The Vedas of India, the Homeric poems, the Sagas of the North, and the rhyming chronicles of England, all bear witness to this tendency to versify philosophy, history, religion, and the emotions of man.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 13 Number 5, 1912, p. 53-63
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10180, Date Accessed: 10/22/2019 12:40:42 PM

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