The Wintersmith Poem

Rebekah Garratt


During one of her adventures, witch in training Tiffany Aching encounters the Wintersmith after dancing in the “dark morris”. The Wintersmith is the personification of winter and upon meeting Tiffany, he falls in love. Determined to enchant Tiffany he becomes adamant that he will make himself human. After hearing a poem sung by children describing what makes a human the Wintersmith gathers the elements required. This paper looks at the claims of the poem to see if there are sufficient amounts of each element within the human body to accomplish what the poems say it can.


Book; Biology; Chemistry; Body Composition; Tiffany Aching; Terry Pratchett; Wintersmith

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