Twinkle twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are? The answer's in the question! Stupid kid! This clearly requires further investigation! (Who said 'oh no'? Cheek.) Later on it says 'the traveller in the dark thanks you for your tiny spark, he could not see which way to go if you did not twinkle so', and this is where it gets interesting, because now it's clearly being addressed to aliens. The clue, you see, is in the human optical system. A human 'traveller in the dark' may be able to see where he's going because of star light, but the twinkling doesn't help at all. We haven't got some funny stroboscopic thing going on. So the entity being sung to must see things differently to us. Maybe it's a metaphor, perhaps the child is singing that the stars inspire original thought, creativity. But do they? 'Stars Are Stars' sang Ian McCulloch Out Of Echo And The Bunnymen. Could that be an answer to the original question? Then there was that one by Simply Red.
Then it goes on about the star peeping through curtains and having and shutting its eye, but if you think I'm going to criticise it because stars don't really have eyes then I'm very disappointed in you. Haven't you heard of poetic license? Honestly. Interesting, however, that the star is portrayed as having a single eye.
Jane Taylor wrote it when she was 23, in 1806. Later in Alice's Adventures Lewis Carroll had the dormouse do Twinkle Twinkle Little Bat. Was he taking the piss? He most certainly was. But what was his beef, I wonder? His parody is unclear - is he objecting to the wondering what the star is, or to the eye thing which is in fact poetically justified? Perhaps he was trying to cover for the aliens. There's a conspicuous absence of any references to aliens in of his works. But what were they up to? What do they want from us? Our strobe lights?
that's all from me for now
see you around
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