The traditional song "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" was based on a poem called "The Star," written in 1806 by the English poet and novelist Jane Taylor, one of the lesser-known poets of the Romantic era. This poem was first published in a book called Rhymes for the Nursery
, which was written and compiled by Jane and her sister Ann Taylor. The poem was first published with the music in The Singing Master: First Class Tune Book
in 1838. Jane Taylor is very rarely credited with the poetry of this song, which many assume to be a traditional.
Although fairly literal, the lyrics of "The Star" contain the simile "like a diamond in the sky." This was possibly intended by the author to facilitate a child's development of imaginative association. With the widespread educational use of this song in the present day western world, this may be one of the first descriptive analogies children come across in their formative years, freeing many children's imaginations in relation to language for the first time.
It has also been argued that "Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are," when played backwards, sounds like "I wish there was no Allah," and in this way the poem has led to widespread atheism among children. That's right, Led Zeppelin
weren't the only ones accused of masking the words of the Devil.