MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada

Cumulative or Enumerative Songs

Cumulative or enumerative songs feature repeated strophes in which items are added or substituted in successive stanzas. An "enumeration" might include a list of days, as in the "Twelve Days of Christmas," a list of parts of a body or an object, as in "Alouette," added components,   colours, or other attributes. There are not many songs of this type in the Leach collection but see "Tree on a Hill" for an example.