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ChrisCalabrese
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(5/26/02 6:40:04 am)
tag lines from fairy tales
Can you refer me to a resouces of common tag lines from any popular fairy tales such as:

        Oh Grandma what big eyes you have. . .
        Fee fie fo fum
        I'll huff and I'll puff. . .

Really enjoyed the movie postings

Thanks

Chris




JaNell
Registered User
(5/27/02 5:25:57 pm)
research
I'm glad you like the movie list topic...
I don't have much to post, but at least I started a popular thread!

As for the tag lines, for searching on the internet:
Use Google.
Try search terms like "Fairy tale", "quotes", "famous lines".

I think the term "tag lines" only refers to the final sentence, but I could be wrong.

Good luck.
JaNell

Midori
Unregistered User
(5/29/02 3:42:22 am)
tag lines
I also think tag lines refer to the formulaic closings of folktales--though I like to think of them in pairs--the openings ("once upon a time") as well as the closings. One of my favorites is from the Russian tales..."I drank wine, I drank mead, but however much I drank, only my mustache got wet!"

It's kind of interesting to think about these formulaic moments in stories--they are really there not so much for contextual meaning but as a device to establish the perimeters of the story telling experience--a frame in which to place the experience of an oral narrative. I haven't thought about them much recently--I used to know quite a few pairs. But your post has got me thinking about them again...they really are interesting sidebar sort of commentary--not like morals which usually feel artifically attached, but almost humerous, rhetorical remarks--as sort of "now are we in the moment of story telling." On fast recollection the openings always have an invitation to step into something large and great--and often the closings have a funny sort of return to earth by expressing the unappeased hunger or menial frustration of the storyteller..."the cake was huge but of it, I didn't get one crumb"--though I also like "there's a tale for you and a crock of butter for me." (do you suppose the woman telling the tale was passing the time while she churned butter?)

Jane Yolen
Unregistered User
(5/29/02 12:40:36 pm)
Me, too
One of my favorite Russian taglines is "And I threw my boot at the rat!"

Jane

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