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Rating: 2.9

(Soudan Expeditionary Force)

We've fought with many men acrost the seas,
An' some of 'em was brave an' some was not:
The Paythan an' the Zulu an' Burmese;
But the Fuzzy was the finest o' the lot.
We never got a ha'porth's change of 'im:
'E squatted in the scrub an' 'ocked our 'orses,

'E cut our sentries up at Sua~kim~,
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Daniel New 23 September 2020

Educational on more than one level, and most complimentary to a those of a class he cannot help in any other way, except to praise him for his virtues. (This was a controversial poem, for just that reason, it its day.)

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Michael Walker 28 July 2019

The deliberate misspelling of words gives the poem more realism, as far as the characters are concerned, ''E's the on'y thing' etc. There is a tinge of racism in calling someone 'Fuzzy-Wuzzy' as far as I am concerned.

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Marie Stuart 20 November 2017

A sudanese friend sent this to me today..This is an example of British Lit at its best and this is not meant as a compliment... it is in the same league with a prime minister of that country who once spoke of Gandhijii as that naked fakir or something similar ..... we fortunately have traversed the void of mockery and for the most part progressed significantly from the time of the colonial mentality to which Africans, Indians and others were subjected to by the west.

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John Little 18 March 2018

Your ignorance is shining through I'm afraid.

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Amy Johnson 06 July 2017

a great slice of history

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Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek 06 February 2016

So 'ere's ~to~ you, Fuzzy-Wuzzy, at your 'ome in the Soudan; You're a pore benighted 'eathen but a first-class fightin' man; An' 'ere's ~to~ you, Fuzzy-Wuzzy, with your 'ayrick 'ead of 'air - You big black boundin' beggar - for you broke a British square! Yes Kipling was fair towards the brave Sudanese fighters of the Bejja Tribes in Eastern Sudan under the leadership of Othman Digna. They were and still are brave men and great fighters who won the war against the British empire and broke the strategic famous Square of the British Army in the 19th century in the Sudan. Kipling was a great poet as he was called as the Poet of the British Empire.

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Michael Walker 13 August 2019

You are so right and you provide details about the Beija tribes who defeated the British in the Sudan. I was unaware of that history. Thanks for sharing.

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Kurt Barekman 11 September 2015

I say. Wot wot good sir. Givem all there is.

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Anthony Foster 04 January 2009

Brilliant I can feel the fighting and smell the sweat. What an insight into the mind of the nineteenth century soldier.

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Michael Walker 27 January 2020

You are so right.

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