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Musa Pedestris - Three Centuries of Canting Songs and Slang Rhymes [1536 - 1896]   By: (1845?-1915?)

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Musa Pedestris - Three Centuries of Canting Songs and Slang Rhymes [1536 - 1896] by John Stephen Farmer presents a fascinating exploration of the vibrant underworld of canting songs and slang rhymes across centuries.

This comprehensive anthology offers readers a unique glimpse into the language and culture of the criminal underworld. Farmer meticulously gathers and analyses these slang words and phrases, often used by criminals, beggars, and itinerant groups, creating a comprehensive dictionary of sorts.

The book is divided into different chapters, each covering a particular time period within the three centuries under examination. Farmer takes readers through a thorough journey, as he examines the origins, influences, and usage of various canting songs and slang rhymes throughout history.

One of the most intriguing aspects of this book is how it highlights the evolution and adaptation of canting songs and slang rhymes. The author demonstrates how this language often customs to fit current social, cultural, and political contexts. This adds depth to the understanding of language as a living entity, constantly changing and developing alongside society.

Moreover, Farmer seamlessly weaves historical context into his analysis of canting songs and slang rhymes. He connects the dots between significant events, such as the rise of criminality, political movements, and class dynamics, to provide readers with a comprehensive understanding of how these songs and rhymes were shaped by and, in turn, influenced the world around them.

The depth of research and attention to detail showcased in this book is truly commendable. Farmer consults a wide range of sources, including ballads, pamphlets, collections, and dictionaries, in order to offer readers a comprehensive overview of canting songs and slang rhymes. This meticulous approach ensures that every entry is backed by solid evidence, giving the reader confidence in the author's expertise.

However, despite the wealth of information presented, the book may be overwhelming for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. The sheer volume of canting songs and slang rhymes, each with its own unique history and nuance, may make it difficult for casual readers to fully engage with the material. This book is best suited for those with a specific interest in linguistics, history, or the criminal underworld.

Overall, Musa Pedestris - Three Centuries of Canting Songs and Slang Rhymes [1536 - 1896] is a highly informative and meticulously researched book that serves as a valuable resource for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the evolution and influence of canting songs and slang rhymes. Farmer's dedication to detail and historical context shines through, making this an essential read for enthusiasts interested in the rich and colorful language of the criminal underworld.

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"A beggar I'll be" (Anon 1660) "A Gage of Ben Rom Bouse" (Middleton and Dekker 1611) "A Hundred Stretches Hence" (G. W. Matsell 1859) 'Arry at a Political Picnic (T. Milliken 1884) Beggar's Curse, The (Thomas Dekker 1608) "Bing Out, Bien Morts" (Thomas Dekker 1612) Black Procession, The (Anon 1712) Blooming Æsthetic (Anon 1882) Bobby and His Mary (Anon 1826) Bould Yeoman, The (Pierce Egan 1842) Bridle cull and his little Pop gun (Pierce Egan 1842) Budg and Snudg Song, A (Anon 1676) Banter's Christening, The (G. Parker 1789) By blow of the Jug, The (Pierce Egan 1842) Cadger's Ball, The (Anon 1852) Canter's Serenade, The (Anon 1725) Chickaleary Cove, The (Vance 1864) "Come all you Buffers Gay" (Anon 1760) Coster's Serenade, The (A. Chevalier 1894) Culture in the Slums (W. E. Henley 1887) Dashy Splashy . . . little Stringer, The (Leman Rede 1841) "Dear Bill This Stone Jug" (Anon 1857) Double Cross, The (W. H. Ainsworth 1834) Faker's New Toast, The (Bon Gualtier 1841) Flashey Joe (R. Morley 1826) Flashman of St. Giles, The (Anon 1790) Frisky Moll's Song (J... Continue reading book >>

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