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Little Red Riding Hood

I started reading Brian Stock's Listening for the Text last night. It's a re-analysis of the relationship between orality and literacy in culture historically, particularly as it relates to the Middle Ages. He mentioned poetry as one of the few forms of text which modern society still often interprets primarily orally. C. suggested fairy tales are another category. Here is this morning's result of that conversation:

Little Red Riding Hood
Goin' walking in the wood
Gonna see her granny,
Goin' walking in the wood.

Little Red Riding Hood
Gonna bring her granny food,
Mama doesn't like her
Granny livin' in the wood.

"Little Red Riding Hood
Stop 'n talk n' don't be rude
I just wanna chat while
Goin' walking in the wood."

Little Red Riding Hood
All her lessons understood,
Knew she shouldn't stop to
Talk to strangers in the wood.

"Little Red Riding Hood
Wolfies aren't all mean and crude,
See? I'm just a nice one
Goin' walking in the wood."

Little Red Riding Hood
passin' through the neighborhood,
"Just this one time, Wolfie,
Goin' walking in the wood."

Little Red Riding Hood
Gave a muffin to the dude.
Hairy, he's a doggy
Walkin' in the yew-tree wood.

Little Red Riding Hood
Said g'bye just like she should,
Wolfie walked away, he
Went a'running in the wood.

Little Red Riding Hood
On her granny's porch she stood,
Knockin' at the door, she's at a
Cottage in the wood.

"Little Red Riding Hood,
In ya come," her granny cued,
callin' to the girl with hunger
Bigger than the wood.

Little Red Riding Hood:
"Granny's eyes are large and blue'd,
What big eyes, my granny!"
"They're from walkin' in the wood."

Little Red Riding Hood:
"What big teeth!" She promptly rue'd
her thoughtless exclamation to her
"Granny" in the wood.

Little Red Riding Hood
Wolfie's tummy lining viewed
There beside her granny
In a wolfie in the wood.

Little Red Riding Hood
whimpered, weeped, and sadly mewed,
"We're lost! We're lost! We're done for,
no more walkin' in the wood!"

Little Red Riding Hood,
her grannie had a neighbor, Jude.
Jude - he was a woodsman - heard the
Tumult in the wood.

Little Red Riding Hood,
From the tummy newly hewed,
Hugged her shakin' granny
Who'd been livin' in the wood.

Little Red Riding Hood
asked her granny if they could
Go on home to her house,
if she'd up an' leave the wood.

"Little Red Riding Hood,"
Granny said with weary mood,
"Let's go home to your place,
too much stalkin' in the wood."

Little Red Riding Hood
thanked the guy who'd wolfie yew'd,
Gave the guy her basket,
and they walked off through the wood.

(Suggestions for improvement are welcome - I know bits of it are awkward.)

Comments

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saffronjan
Jun. 11th, 2003 09:34 am (UTC)
Oral and written literature
I just have to say, Dr. Suess is probably the baddest rapper that EVER lived. No one can touch him.

I would not, could not, with a mouse.
Would not, could not, in a house.
I do not LIKE green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam I am...
hilly02
Jun. 11th, 2003 09:52 am (UTC)
Re: Oral and written literature
Eat your heart out, Eminem.
owlfish
Jun. 11th, 2003 02:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Oral and written literature
I can't remember if it's Moxy Fruvous or Barenaked Ladies but one of 'em does a fabulous rendition of Green Eggs & Ham. They've never recorded it since they don't have the Seuss Estate's permission, but oh is it good. It's half-sung, half-rap. You'd like it.

I wasn't thinking about rap when I wrote this so much as jump rope songs. Or maybe "Litle Bunny Foofoo." Either way though, they're all very rhythmn-based genres.
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