Saturday, August 15, 2009

Marveling with Mother Goose

The rhyme:
Georgie Porgie pudding and pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry,
When the boys came out to play,
Georgie Porgie ran away

This nursery rhyme makes me think of a ladies man. This Georgie is all about the ladies. Oh yeah.
According to my research, this poem is English and is about a courtier/duke named George Villiers. Apparently King James I took this Mr. Villiers as his lover and gave him an affectionate nickname and everything. Further research suggests that this Mr. Villiers played both fields and was QUITE the looker. He apparently had a very naughty affair with the Queen of France and it damaged both of their reputations. He apparently helped set up the marriage of King James' son to a French princess. By the sounds of it- Mr. Georgie Porgie was not a great guy and was suspected of scheming in the ways of politics and the affairs with the royals.
So what I'm getting is: Mr. Gerogie Porgie pudding and pie is just a long line of baby talk that may or may not have been mentioned by the king at one point or another.
Kissed the girls and made them cry means he obviously was thought of as a great lover but would never commit. Making the girls (and probably some men) cry.
When the boys came out to play might mean when it was time to be a man
Georgie Porgie ran away meant he was a coward and ran away from all problems into the arms of King James.

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