Three Blind Mice. Three Blind Mice. See how they run? No. See how they can make all sorts of useful literary elements colorful and easy to understand!
Can one nursery rhyme explain the secrets of the universe? Well, not exactly--but it can help you understand the difference between bildungsroman, epigram, and epistolary.
From the absurd to the wish-I'd-thought-of-that clever, writing professor Catherine Lewis blends Mother Goose with Edward Gorey and Queneau, and the result is learning a whole lot more about three "not" "so helpless" mice, and how to fine tune your own writing, bildungsroman and all.
If your writing is your air, this is your laughing gas.*
*That's a metaphor, friends.