- File Size: 162 KB
- Print Length: 66 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1497397197
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 30, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004UJHX8E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,017 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
Barrack Room Ballads Kindle Edition
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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go in much for that sort of thing nowadays, old hat, not `P.C.' Perhaps the problem is that, while Kipling's work is outdated, it is not outdated enough.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.Read more ›
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".
This would easily be a 5-star review if the formatting in Kindle were not so poorly done. One or two poems are run into the ones preceeding them, some lines are shifted and it looks like it was hunt and peck typed on a portable typewriter.
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KINDLE EDITION: Lousy formatting. Project Gutenberg version is far better.Published 13 months ago by Viktor Nehring
While dated (1890's racial terms), this is the place to learn how the British soldier lived.... and what he thought.Published 18 months ago by Jack Ruppert
Where do people who write "action novels" get their songs and dittys? Here it is Gunga Din, Danny Deever, songs of remorse "I'm here in the clink..."Published on July 30, 2014 by John
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.Published on February 21, 2014 by kfrisch
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... Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Albert Ferris