Hickory Dickory Dock Poem

Hickory Dickory Dock Poem is one of the most popular nursery rhyme in the English language. It is also known as “Hickety Dickety Dock”. This rhyme is believed to have originated from counting-out rhymes. Counting-out rhymes are those rhymes, that are used to count out a player from the game, such as Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe. Also, in the earlier time, the farmers of Westmorland, a place in North-West England used to count their sheep with numbers, Hevera(8), Devera(9) and Dick(10). This could have also played a part in the rhyme’s formation.

This poem uses alliteration, which is used by the children to mimic the sound of the clock. “Hickory Dickory Dock”, the nursery rhyme, is used to teach children to tell time. The earliest recorded version of this nursery rhyme has been found in the Tommy Thumb’s Pretty SongbookYou may also like to read, Johny Johny Yes Papa Poem.

Hickory Dickory Dock Poem

hickory dickory dock poem
hickory dickory dock poem

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Hickory Dickory dock,

The mouse ran up the clock,

The clock struck one

The mouse ran down,

Hickory Dickory dock.

Hickory Dickory dock,

The mouse ran up the clock,

The clock struck two

And the mouse ran down,

Hickory Dickory dock.

Hickory Dickory dock,

The mouse ran up the clock,

The clock struck three

And the mouse ran down,

Hickory Dickory dock.

Hickory Dickory dock,

The mouse ran up the clock,

The clock struck four,

The mouse ran down,

Hickory Dickory dock.

Hickory Dickory dock,

The mouse ran up the clock,

The clock struck five,

The mouse took a dive,

Hickory Dickory dock.

Hickory Dickory dock,

The mouse ran up the clock,

The clock struck six,

That mouse, he split,

Hickory Dickory dock.

Hickory Dickory dock,

The mouse ran up the clock,

The clock struck seven,

8, 9, 10, 11,

Hickory Dickory dock.

Hickory Dickory dock,

The mouse ran up the clock,

As twelve bells rang,

The mouse sprang,

Hickory Dickory dock.

Hickory Dickory dock.

Hickory Dickory dock,

“Why to scamper?” asked the clock,

“You scare me so

I have to go!

Hickory Dickory dock.”

Summary:

Hickory Dickory Dock is simple uses repetitive lines in the rhyme. When the nursery rhyme begins, we see a clock run up the clock. And whenever the clock strikes the hour, the mouse runs down the clock. With each hour that passes, the clock chimes and down the mouse runs. This repeats until the twelfth hour, because this time when the clock chimes, the mouse hurriedly runs down the clock, and the clock asks the mouse why is he running away. The mouse tells the clock that the clock scares the mouse and the mouse tells the clock that it has to go away!

A little something for the parents:

Poems should be an integral part of your child’s growing process as they make their lives more colorful and vibrant by adding a variety of rich experience. So, every child should be encouraged to read more and more poems.

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