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The History of the English Language in Free Verse
Once upon a time . . .
(we're writing this in rhyme),
there was a land with a million languages.
We think it started with a tower,
people wanting tons of power,
and got confused.
One group stood out in the world to rule,
with strength, arts, & ended in a duel.
Their theater & writings were superior to all,
until their Empire had a great fall. (the Romans & Greeks)
Communication was lent to legends and fables,
stories were told around their tables.
Not much was written, `cause no one could read,
until the Normans came & planted the seed.
The Battle of Hastings in 1066
closed the gap of the old & middle english mix.
Two more inventions, one being Sam Johnson's book,
the other, the printing press -- so all could look,
spread Shakespeare & others across the land,
where modern conventions created words that stand.
Though Germanic in origin,
English is a mutt.
We are a combination of all . . . but,
Modern T.V., magazines & the phone,
have infiltrated our language to others to hone.
Our language still evolves
and changes today,
through MTV & inventions we have new things to say.
---Steve, Rob, Mary, Erin