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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Little Leather Library; First Edition edition (1900)
  • ASIN: B000KH7BIW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,018,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Guttman on May 7, 2013
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Question: "Do you like Kipling?"

Answer: "I don't know, I've never Kippled".

For those who have never `Kippled', "Barrack-Room Ballads" is the perfect place to start. Kipling wrote in many genres of literature. However, this collection of "ballads" (the author himself carefully avoided dignifying them by labeling them either as "poetry" or "verse") are an ideal introduction to what Kipling was all about.

Mention Kipling amongst literary types in Britain today and they will probably hem and haw a bit, shuffle their feet in embarrassment and then say something about how "we don't go in much for that sort of thing nowadays, old hat, not `P.C.' Perhaps the problem is that, while Kipling's work is outdated, it is not outdated enough. As a result, while British students and scholars delight in deciphering the intricacies of Chaucer and Beowulf in the original Middle and Old English, the language of Kipling is regarded as too recent to be worth bothering about. By the same token, those scholars who take equal delight in fathoming the obscure allusions found in the poetry of Yeats, Pound and Elliot, are totally uninterested in the allusions used in Kipling's poems, because they are simply too commonplace. Indeed, even in his own time, Kipling was not exactly fashionable amongst the Bloomsbury crowd. The reason is not difficult to fathom; Kipling didn't go in much for writing odes to skylarks or Grecian urns; camels and cannon were more his meat.

Writing in the vernacular was also new in Kipling's time. In those days, proper writers didn't write the way people actually talked. Although Mark Twain is generally credited with introducing the vernacular to literature, it was something Kipling did to wonderful effect as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Glide on March 15, 2012
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Really fun to read, and quite a historical gem. Read between the lines, too, because even where the verse is jovial, there seems to me to be cloistered insight into the dreadful war and observations of that day's foot soldier.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Prof Cochise on June 4, 2011
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Laid out better than many of the free downloads for Kindle. I had forgotten that Kipling won the Nobel Prize for Literature [1907]. His disdain for the overt racism of the time was prescient. He also commented wryly on class-discrimination and gender discrimination. I think a lot of his poetry/ballads are best appreciated when read aloud. Good download - thanks for the freebie!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dorian Grayhair on December 27, 2011
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This is hard to read, as the stanzas appear in paragraph format, without carriage returns at the end of lines. I guess if you want poetry that looks like Kipling wrote it, you have to pony up.
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Barrack Room Ballads by Rudyard Kipling
(1892)

The book gives an insight into the life of a British soldier in 1892. Kipling uses interesting slang that the country British use ,not to be confused with formal style language. The book is written more like ballads. This book is written very much like "Soldiers Three" except it is written in ballad form. If you like "Soldiers Three " you will like "Barrack Room Ballads".
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By kfrisch on February 21, 2014
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I'll probably read it again. Seriously. This one will stay in my library with Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. I might even seek out a paper copy.
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By SkyGunner on December 5, 2013
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Rudyard Kipling is a master of political and public satire, especially when dealing with military affairs. One example is in one of his stories where he starts out talking about a soldier noticing the difference in how they're treated in peace time and war. Peacetime ; Tommy (what the Brits call their soldiers) do this, Tommy do that. War; hello Mr. Tommy, How are you Mr. Tommy; can I buy you some supper Mr. Tommy? As a retired Army man, I can verify that. That also applies to Law Enforcement. If you enjoy satire then read Kipling, one of the top satirist in any era.
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By Albert Ferris on May 3, 2013
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A bit of doggerel hurts no one. This is a personal review and is far from objective. My uncle was a Regimental Sergeant Major in the Ulster Rifles he's gone now but when I read these poems I can hear him recite them in his great booming voice. I do think they are worth a read as they relate more to the rank and file service man of that time than most academic histories, they highlight his prejudices, beliefs, fears and hopes of the lowly soldier.
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