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Posted By: Jim Dixon
12-Apr-12 - 12:47 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Mnemonic rhyme for parts of speech
Subject: Folklore: Mnemonic rhyme for parts of speech
In today's St. Paul Pioneer Press (newspaper), someone quoted part of the followng rhyme and asked if anyone knew the rest. I didn't recognize it, but I went Googling, and this is what I found:

The poem seems to have come from a book called An Essay on the Cultivation of the Infant Mind, Forming an Epitome of the System of Infant Education; with Copious Lessons and Rhymes for Infants' Schools, by J. R. Brown (London: Simpkin and Marshall, 1832). The poem is attributed to "Mr. Buchanan, jun."

Three little words we often see
Are ARTICLESa, an, and the.
A NOUN's the name of any thing,
As school, or garden, hoop, or swing.
ADJECTIVES tell the kind of noun,
As great, small, pretty, white or brown.
Instead of nouns the PRONOUNS stand—
John's head, his face, my arm, your hand.
VERBS tell of something being done—
To read, write, count, sing, jump or run.
How things are done, the ADVERBS tell,
As slowly, quickly, ill or well.
A PREPOSITION stands before
A noun, as in or through a door.
CONJUNCTIONS join the words together,
As men and women, wind or weather.
The INTERJECTION shews surprise,
As Oh, how pretty! Ah, how wise!
The whole are called NINE PARTS OF SPEECH,
Which Reading, Writing, Speaking teach.