Dr. Seuss – Putting Rhymes to Good Use


There’s a structure to language we all learn when we’re young a flow to the words that could almost be sung Something most of us learned from the great of Dr. Seuss with his chartreuse villains rhythm reminiscent of mother goose And his imaginative worlds so perplexingly abstruse told with a simplified language even a kid could deduce His name was Theodor Geisel, the man who coined the word “nerds” and wrote green eggs and ham with just 49 words He made reading a tool kids could finally enjoy Not like Dick and Jane books which would bore and annoy In much of his work he used this literary trick It’s a rhyming tetrameter that is anapestic It’s that signature style thats always greeted with laughter It’s just two unstressed syllables and one stressed syllable after Studies show that that rhythm helps with core memorization And it builds children’s confidence with classroom dictation Some constraints on a canvases language design Gives a structure to reading and a writing guideline You could see all the kids were finally reading by choice These stories told through the voice of Dr. Theodor “Soice” And yes “Soice” is correct, he’s of German descent It’s just harder to say with an American accent And the semblance to goose helped skyrocket his fame Kids preferred saying Seuss, so he stuck with that name His acclaim wasn’t bound by just one single nation His stories exported through the gift of translation The books phrasing and language in which they were written works perfectly fine in the US or Britain but to reach out to the world and all of its culture hello’s not enough, you need hola and bonjour And not just the words but the rhyme patterns too like poisson un poisson deux poisson rouge poisson bleu With designs in the hundreds all with distinct features translators worked hard to rename all these creatures Translating them all with their essence intact while preserving the fun had a major impact on the habits of reading of kids at young ages theres so many lessons in the words on these pages

100 thoughts on “Dr. Seuss – Putting Rhymes to Good Use

  1. There’s a structure to language we all learn when we’re young
    a flow to the words that could almost be sung

    Something most of us learned from the great Dr. Seuss
    with his chartreuse villains rhythm reminiscent of mother goose

    And his imaginative worlds so perplexingly abstruse
    told with a simplified language even a kid could deduce

    His name was Theodor Geisel, the man who coined the word “nerds”
    and wrote green eggs and ham with just 49 words

    He made reading a tool kids could finally enjoy
    Not like Dick and Jane books which would bore and annoy

    In much of his work he used this literary trick
    Its a rhyming tetrameter that's anapestic

    It’s that signature style thats always greeted with laughter
    It’s just 2 unstressed syllables and 1 stressed syllable after

    "And to day the Great Yer tle, that mar velous he
    Is King of the Mud. That is all he can see."

    Studies show that that rhythm helps with core memorization
    And it builds children’s confidence with classroom dictation

    Some constraints on a canvases language design
    Gives a structure to reading and a writing guideline

    You could see all the kids were finally reading by choice
    These stories told through the voice of Dr. Theodor ‘Soice’

    And yes ‘soice’ is correct, he’s of german descent
    Its just harder to say with an American accent

    And the semblance to goose helped skyrocket his fame
    Kids preferred saying Seuss, so he stuck with that name

    But his acclaim wasn’t bound to just one single nation
    His stories exported through the gift of translation

    The books phrasing and language in which they were written
    works perfectly fine in the US or Britain

    but to reach out to the world and all of its culture
    hello’s not enough, you need hola and bonjour

    And not just the words but the rhyme patters too
    like poisson un poisson duex poisson rouge poisson bleu

    With designs in the hundreds all with distinct features
    translators worked hard to rename all these creatures

    Translating them all with their essence intact
    while preserving the fun had a major impact

    on the habits of reading of kids at young ages
    theres so many lessons in the words on these pages

  2. The fact that this was only a mere 2 minutes long makes me furious. I could have watched it go on for hours. Please make a longer version, thank you

  3. I love the editing it's so smooth and I like how you rhymed the whole video it's kinda like a rap

  4. the best thing about this production is the tone of the voice in which it was delivered. it lends a gravitas to the rhymes that is just…

  5. Why hasn’t this channel reach 100 million subscribers yet. Great job bro you are amazing with these video essays.

  6. I think this might be my fav video from this channel, probably next to the Adult Swim video

  7. dude this is gold and you're a king of video essay
    i also love how it tastes ever so slightly like rap

  8. each video in this channel doesnt dissapoint, i can see the talent and effort exuding from this single vid

  9. Can someone please tell me the name of the beat that he plays at the very end of the video

  10. Just binging on kaptain and stumbled on this. Dunno how I've never seen it before, it is gold.

  11. I usually hate when a youtuber sings or rhymes throughout a video to be creative but you made it quite tolerable, perhaps even enjoyable.

  12. .. Horton is my favorite one… So hes rhymes were translated to croatian just fine

  13. I remember seeing this vid in a dark time of my life and being so amazed with your editing and rhymes. You made me a more positive person and gave me energy I thought I never had. You may not read this because of the thousands of comments you get but thank you for being yourself and making amazing videos. Ps I didn’t have a youtube account back then so that’s why I’m writing almost 2 yrs later.

  14. I was shown this in my us government history class, and we agreed that this was amazing

  15. This is the most amazing video essay I have ever seen. I am always impressed by your work.

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