Fee Fi Fo Fum

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Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum!
I smell the blood of an Englishman.
Be he 'live, or be he dead,
I'll grind his bones to make my bread.

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Fee fi fo fum is the first line of a historical quatrain most famous for its use in the fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk. The song is also spelled as "Fee Fie Foh Fum".

Although the phrase "fee fi fo fum" has no meaning whatsoever, the rest of the rhyme is spoken by the giant to Jack in the fairytale. "I smell the blood of an Englishman, be he alive or dead", can be interpreted to mean that the giant wanted to eat Jack.

The rhyme has also been referenced in William Shakespeare's King Lear, through the character of Edgar.

There have been several renditions of the rhyme over time, with a famous one written by Joseph Jacobs.

The rhyme is arranged in a tetra metric format and has made use of assonant half-rhymes.

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Afellow, United States

19 August 2016 at 3:54pm

Was that jihadi John?

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29 December 2012 at 1:32am

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5 December 2012 at 5:52pm

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5 December 2012 at 5:50pm

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Kadie, United Kingdom

18 November 2011 at 9:02am

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Keith, Spain

17 November 2011 at 11:13am

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