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A Pocket of Posies

By Paree
Connections to the Bubonic Plague (Black Death)?
The words to the Ring around the rosy children's ring game have their origin in English history . The historical period dates back to the Great Plague of London in 1665 (bubonic plague) or even before when the first outbreak of the Plague hit England in the 1300's. The symptoms of the plague included a rosy red rash in the shape of a ring on the skin (Ring around the rosy). Pockets and pouches were filled with sweet smelling herbs ( or posies) which were carried due to the belief that the disease was transmitted by bad smells. The term "Ashes Ashes" refers to the cremation of the dead bodies! The death rate was over 60% and the plague was only halted by the Great Fire of London in 1666 which killed the rats which carried the disease which was transmitting via water sources. The English version of "Ring around the rosy" replaces Ashes with (A-tishoo, A-tishoo) as violent sneezing was another symptom of the disease.

Ring-a-Ring o'Rosies
A Pocket full of Posies
"A-tishoo! A-tishoo!"
We all fall Down!

Tags: General Fantasy Digitally manipulated Digital art Nursery rhymes Brass ornament

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imander 11 388 7 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2008 5:54PM
apperently Bridgwater in somerset where i have just moved from was one if not the first places in england to get the plague....great piece of work

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Paree 13 616 3
20 Jan 2008 5:58PM
thanks Ian
surprising what we are finding out about these rhymes
although I have been surprised how macabre they are,
I do hope we don't loose these rhymes, although a lot of children don't know them these days
it would be such a shame
20 Jan 2008 5:58PM
Lost for words Maureen, just Fab.

20 Jan 2008 6:05PM

20 Jan 2008 6:21PM
Great series - good work!
HectorRivera 10 17 1 United States
20 Jan 2008 6:22PM
Nice narrative. Great construction.
steve_r 10 England
20 Jan 2008 6:33PM
Great Shot.intriguing image with good history regards Steve.
20 Jan 2008 6:39PM
Unusual and beautiful. Sheila
20 Jan 2008 6:51PM
That's amazing love it well done
SKavanagh 10 312 5 England
20 Jan 2008 7:01PM
Excellent image agreat piece of work
tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2008 7:02PM
Stunning image Maureen and I think my favourite of the series so far. Love the ring of bronze children dancing on the disc contrasting with the springtime rabbit. Did this all originate from photos?
Paree 13 616 3
20 Jan 2008 7:09PM
I keep getting tempted to remove this image to change it
because every time I look at the thumb nail
I see a rock face to the right,
and could have made it that,
then the children would be dancing on a slate floor. ?
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
20 Jan 2008 7:12PM
Super image as always
Cormy 10 3 England
20 Jan 2008 7:14PM
Awesome image and story Maureen.Bit scary too.
proz 13 205 United States
20 Jan 2008 7:26PM
enchanting image.
graceland 13 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2008 7:41PM
well done super great smashing
TyChee 13 275 1 United States
20 Jan 2008 7:43PM
Magical image.
Eviscera 12 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2008 7:48PM
beautiful ! and how we never knew about the macabre history of songs kids sing so freely !

bet theres not one who knows the origin.

well done maureen

Herge88 11 40 4 England
20 Jan 2008 8:13PM
Very cleverly done.

Best Matt
Bodiewil 10 46 Wales
20 Jan 2008 8:57PM
Pure magic Maureen superb work

troberts 11 17
20 Jan 2008 9:16PM
Marvellous work and a great explanation I knew most it but was not aware of the ashes to ashes bit, you learn something new everyday
exposure Plus
14 5.9k England
20 Jan 2008 9:25PM
Beautiful lovely detail and presentation.
dianah 11 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2008 9:41PM
This has to be one of my favourite could produce the most beautiful nursery rhyme book Maureen.
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
20 Jan 2008 10:23PM
I believe it is of particularly relevance to the village of Eyam in Derbyshire which was known as the "plague village".
This is extremely creative Maureen ~ an excellent piece of work.

Paree 13 616 3
20 Jan 2008 11:14PM
yes Albert I know the story about this village it was very sad.
especially as no one was sure about the truth
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
20 Jan 2008 11:56PM
Maureen, this one is very special, and I think also my favorite in the series so far - you probably have some better ones up your sleeve though. Thanks for the commentary that follows each one - very interesting, and yes, they are quite macabre.
20 Jan 2008 11:59PM
After all this time, we were singing about death on the school playground! Thanks for the awesome picture and description, so emotive.
JudeC 11 6 3 England
21 Jan 2008 8:20AM
Stunning work - jude.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 8:49AM
This is brilliant - I'm a bit late onto it as the site was going deathly slow last night and I just gave up. But this is what I was hoping you would tackle. The break in the ring of children seems particularly telling.
Albert has mentioned Eyam, the 'plague village'. The primary school there has a wonderful wrought iron gate featuring the rhyme, it always makes me stop and think.
bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 9:10AM
What can I say? Fantastic, superb, brilliant. None of them seem adequate Maureen.

I love this as well as all of your work. I love your poems and historical background infomration too which further enhances your work.

Super and thanks Smile

carpe diem

auraalan 11 6
21 Jan 2008 11:26AM
Just as John says a great picture and the historical knowledge makes it a superb presentation double tick if I could
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
21 Jan 2008 11:43AM
yes, I see the rock face too, and it would make an interesting floor for the children. The break in the circle, as Moira says, is especially symbolic. Another fine one.
RosaB 11 61 2 Greece
21 Jan 2008 3:40PM
Agree with all of the above especially Di's sugggestion of a nursery rhyme book!
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
21 Jan 2008 4:54PM
superb piece of work
21 Jan 2008 6:42PM
Magnetic thumbnail, nice one
21 Jan 2008 6:57PM
Smashing piece of work Maureen, and although I know the story behind this one, it still made interesting reading.

John Smile
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
22 Jan 2008 9:04AM
excellent image !
bayleaf 10 8 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2008 11:11AM
This is my second visit to see how this delightful image is coming along.
Deserves a lot more attention than this Maureen.

Superb work.

bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
22 Jan 2008 8:32PM
Nice work Maureen and a history lesson to boot.
Pegon 12 78 1 England
22 Jan 2008 9:34PM
Your manipulation work is just brilliant, I love it. Nice to know the origin of the rhyme too.
ChrisOs Plus
13 2 1 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2008 10:07AM
Down in sunny Weymouth (home!) it is generally believed that the Black Death came into the country via the port of Weymouth. Not a claim to fame that I would particularly seek.
Superb bit of Photoshop work.
panda 14 5 1 England
23 Jan 2008 3:23PM
Super image, love the narrative that goes with it as well.

Regards Phil
imagio 11 12 1 England
25 Jan 2008 11:26PM
I watched a programne on tv about nursery rythmes and your spot on with this Pareen..

JohnH37 11 1 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2008 6:14PM
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
29 Jan 2008 3:25AM
Wow ,great read and fantastic image.
Only last week myself and Margaret were playing with our neice andwe were singing (or trying to ) sing some nursery rhymes and her older sister did not know half of them,,,well she new one or two by the time we left,,,,,Great work,keep it up.
thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
29 Jan 2008 11:48PM
Hi Maureen,
spot on in both manipulation and rhyme detail,love the shadows,lighting,dof,colour/tones,textures and presentation.Take care,AnnSmile
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2008 11:15AM
A wonderful and interesting piece of work. You really are amazing
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
31 Jan 2008 5:42PM
Nobody can do these images like you...

microchip 10 1 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2008 4:28PM
Excellent again,
edwardking 10 1 England
19 Mar 2008 10:43PM
This is really beautiful. it reminds me of Bjork's latest music video "earth intruders" simply inspired.

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