Wynken, Blynken, and Nod


Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
Wynken, Blynken and Nod, by Mabel Landrum Torrey, 1918, formerly a fountain, Washington Park, Denver[1]

"Wynken, Blynken, and Nod" is a popular poem for children written by American writer and poet Eugene Field and published on March 9, 1889. The original title was Dutch Lullaby.

The poem is a fantasy bed-time story of three fishermen sailing and fishing in the stars. Their boat is a wooden shoe. The fishermen symbolize a sleepy child's blinking eyes and nodding head.

Its lyrical structure has availed itself to musicians: Ethelbert Woodbridge Nevin the American pianist and composer wrote a piano setting, and musical versions have been recorded by The Big 3 featuring Cass Elliot (1963), the Simon Sisters (1964), by Donovan on his children's album H.M.S. Donovan (1971),[2] by Buffy Saint-Marie who sang a version on Sesame Street in 1975, and on her album Sweet America (1976). and by The Doobie Brothers (1981).

References in other artistic works

  • Disney made the cartoon for Wynken, Blynken and Nod (film) in 1938 which stylized the fishermen of the poem as three pajama-clad children playing among the stars. In 1971, Weston Woods based a cartoon on the poem.
  • Canadian children's entertainer Fred Penner included a version on his 1992 album The Cat Came Back.
  • Shel Silverstein created a poem, "Ickle me, Pickle me, Tickle me too" who went for a ride in a flying shoe.
  • In the episode "Opie the Birdman" of The Andy Griffith Show, Opie names three baby birds Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.
  • Three of the original Dreadnoks in G.I. Joe are named Tom Winken (Torch), Richard Blinken-Smythe (Buzzer), and Harry Nod (Ripper).
  • Ryan Fraley, contemporary composer, wrote a piece for school bands entitled "Wynken, Blynken, and Nod" as part of a trio of songs based on stories in "A Child's Garden of Verses".
  • The Doobie Brothers recorded a version for the children's music compilation In Harmony in 1980.
  • Wynken, Blynken and Nod appeared briefly as gas-mask-wearing tricycle-riding villains in the Doom Patrol comic book.
  • In her essay "The Ladle," Cynthia Ozick makes reference to Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.
  • In the series Willa's Wild Life there are three Chinstrap Penguins named Inky, Blinky, and Bob. Their names being direct references to Wynken, Blynken and Nod
  • In Titanic (1997 film), a mother in steerage recites the poem to her children, getting them to fall asleep as the ship slowly sinks.
  • In the song "Justify the Thrill" by Blues Traveler the first line of lyrics make reference to Blynken & Nod.

Notes

  1. ^ Mabel Landrum's original sculpture was exhibited to critical acclaim at the Art Institute of Chicago, Torrey presented her sculpture to Denver Mayor Robert W. Speer who commissioned a marble version in 1918. A bronze copy dedicated on September 23, 1938 in memory of Elizabeth Cameron Bailey is a fountain on the Green in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania.
  2. ^ Donovan recorded it again for his 2002 children's album Pied Piper.

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