Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Gunga Din Comments

Rating: 3.3
You may talk o' gin and beer
When you're quartered safe out 'ere,
An' you're sent to penny-fights an' Aldershot it;
But when it comes to slaughter

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Rudyard Kipling
COMMENTS
Daniel New 23 September 2020
How strange that our generation refuses to let a previous generation praise qualities that transcend class distinctions. This is a lovely poem for its day. We just need to wee it for what it was, and get over our Political Correctness.
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Valerie Halliday 13 July 2020
My dad taught me this poem as a very young girl and I always remembered it, well mostly. For some reason recently it came into my mind, and I decided that I would learn it totally again. Feel it is good for my brain, and also reminds me fondly of my dad
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Laurie bee 15 May 2020
written in an age where class distinction was rife, not only in occupied territories. but in England itself.
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Jeffrey Wagner 03 March 2020
My first exposure to Gunga Din was an old Mr. McGoo cartoon as a kid. It pushed me to learn more about Gunga Din and his history. My research brought me to this wonderful poem and I'm forever grateful for Mr. McGoo.
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chris 27 February 2020
What is the poem about
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Ray Bacon 13 January 2020
" Gunga Din" has never left my memory since I first read it more than 65 years ago. What a contribution Kipling made to our language literary history.
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Tamara Beryl Latham 12 October 2019
Classic poetry and a poem that will go down in history as one of the best. Kipling was one of the greatest writers of all time. I remember this poem from reading it in school and I never forgot it. : -)
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Britte Ninad 09 August 2018
greatly penned this poem- Till the longest day was done; An' 'e didn't seem to know the use o' fear. If we charged or broke or cut, You could bet your bloomin' nut,
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PaulB 08 May 2018
I like cats.....................................................................................
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.S Koch 02 April 2018
I haven't read this poem in over 50 years, Amazing piece of pathos. I rate it 11 ot of 10.
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Leslie Turbiville 20 December 2017
Anyone who finds tis poem racist doesn't understand it. It is a plea for racial understanding. What ever the color of your dirty hide, you can be just as good or better than those not like you. It's what's inside that counts in the final analysis.
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Pascal Johnson 29 July 2018
Put into Rudyard Kipling's overall racist perspectives and views on white people's superiority, your interpretation rings a bit hollow. I love If as much as anyone, but I don't blind myself to the serious flaws of our esteemed 19th century poets.
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George OFourtwenty 10 December 2017
Who would do a good cover of this song? Eminem? Weekned?
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Brian D Finch 25 January 2018
Peter Bellamy set it to music, along with many other Kipling poems. They are to be found in the following two CDs: 1) 'Peter Bellamy Sings the Barrack Room Ballads of Rudyard Kipling' 2) 'Mr Bellamy, Mr Kipling & The Tradition'.
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Seema Jayaraman 21 September 2015
Interesting how the Hindi wordsh have been laced together...The cultural nunaces picked up can only come with prolonged exposure, in the end the poet grudingly admits to his dependence and admiration for the poor Gunga Din. But sad it also reflects the attitude of those times to servititude and the poor of India.
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Francie Lynch 04 May 2015
Never liked Kipling. He's a bigot and racist and it shows in all his work.
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Floyd Farless 02 May 2016
Perhaps you need to reread the last few lines. I will bet you were never in service and for sure never in country
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Al Bainbridge 01 July 2016
You are a fool Lynch. However I pity you. This is simply a wonderful poem, one of many written by a genious!
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John A Guentner 09 February 2018
Dumb is as Dumb speaks.
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Sylvia Shafer 01 September 2018
Everything is racist to lefties. Get a life.
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John Richter 04 May 2015
Kipling presents here a page from history - seen through his own very unique prism.... A time when it was not only commonplace to allow conscription or indentured servitude, or not only the blatant arrogance of the victor over them with no concern of humanity or God's love, but also to include severe beatings when the slightest little whim is not satisfied quickly enough.... From the depth of so many things that are so very wrong comes this very endearing admiration. Certainly Kipling's forte...
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Amit Badoni 04 May 2015
Will read it soon.
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Rajnish Manga 16 March 2015
Gunga Din, you have absolutely no idea as to how you Kipling, the great poet, has immortalised you. Your tribesmen have gone into oblivion, but you will continue to live on.
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John Richter 28 November 2014
This is an intensely marvelous poem.... I'm not yet decided if favorite of my all. But it goes into my pile - where I'm sure it'll last a while! Kipling is undoubtedly gifted by God. And I don't find it difficult to understand at all. He's talking about English soldiers fighting in provincial India - of all the black-faced crew refers to the interred Indian soldiers. Kipling himself was born an English subject in India.
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John Richter 04 May 2015
I thought that I had read this poem recently.... Why would any poem be chosen twice for poem of the day within a 6 month period?
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Len Webster 03 June 2011
A much-maligned poem - invariably by those who have either never read it or have failed to understand it!
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Ricky Francis 21 April 2008
still my favorite poem
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