Barrack-Room Ballads

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For the modern reader of Kipling's Barrack-Room Ballads - among the most enduringly popular poems ever published in England - some explanation of their contemporary expressions and allusions and their military context is necessary if he is to appreciate them in their full glory. John Whitehead, critic and biographer who himself served with the Indian Army in Burma, has provided this in full measure in his entertaining and scholarly Introduction and comprehensive textual Notes. This Centenary Edition of the ...
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For the modern reader of Kipling's Barrack-Room Ballads - among the most enduringly popular poems ever published in England - some explanation of their contemporary expressions and allusions and their military context is necessary if he is to appreciate them in their full glory. John Whitehead, critic and biographer who himself served with the Indian Army in Burma, has provided this in full measure in his entertaining and scholarly Introduction and comprehensive textual Notes. This Centenary Edition of the ballads is unlikely ever to be superseded.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781605979304
  • Publisher: Standard Publications, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2008
  • Pages: 84
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Dedication: To T. A. 30
1 Danny Deever 31
2 Tommy 33
3 'Fuzzy-Wuzzy' 35
4 Soldier, Soldier 37
5 Screw-Guns 39
6 Cells 41
7 Gunga Din 43
8 Oonts 46
9 Loot 49
10 'Snarleyow' 52
11 The Widow at Windsor 54
12 Belts 56
13 The Young British Soldier 58
14 Mandalay 61
15 Troopin' 64
16 The Widow's Party 66
17 Ford o' Kabul River 68
18 Gentlemen-Rankers 70
19 Route Marchin' 72
20 Shillin' a Day 75
21 'Bobs' 79
22 'Back to the Army Again' 82
23 'Birds of Prey' March 85
24 'Soldier an' Sailor Too' 87
25 Sappers 90
26 That Day 93
27 'The Men that fought at Minden' 95
28 Cholera Camp 97
29 The Ladies 99
30 Bill 'Awkins 102
31 The Mother-Lodge 103
32 'Follow Me 'Ome' 106
33 The Sergeant's Weddin' 108
34 The Jacket 110
35 The 'Eathen 112
36 The Shut-Eye Sentry 116
37 'Mary, Pity Women!' 119
38 For to Admire 121
Notes 123
Index of titles 165
Index of first lines 166
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  • Posted December 6, 2008

    Enjoy Kipling, but...

    I've been reading Kipling since I was much younger than now, and am quite familiar with the esoteric slang of the Victorian British army. But I'm sure the specific meanings of many words and phrases, such as "Aggy Chel," and "pukka", and others seen throughout Kipling's work are totally lost on modern-day readers. This edition by Dodo Press does nothing to correct the problem. It uses no footnotes nor other explanations for these 19th century colloquialisms. The result is to stop the reader in mid-stanza with a puzzled look, and force him or her to try to work it out from the context of the piece, or scratch their heads and move on. Either way, the vitality of Kipling's work, and the reader's enjoyment of it are needlessly interrupted. This and other modern editions of Kipling's work need footnotes. And editors with enough professionalism to learn their meanings and include those in the text. It ain't rocket science, folks. Really it's not!

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