Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

Tommy - Poem by Rudyard Kipling

I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
The publican 'e up an' sez, We serve no red-coats here.
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
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Comments about Tommy by Rudyard Kipling

  • (5/13/2019 10:40:00 AM)

    I love this poem, makes me feel good at night. (Report)Reply

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  • Paresh Chakra (12/11/2018 9:03:00 AM)

    Tommy is a very gorgeous poem (Report)Reply

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  • (11/28/2008 8:35:00 PM)

    Tommy Atkins is akin to America's GI Joe. He was the generic name for lower rank English soldiers.

    The rest of the poem is self explanitory. Tommy was treated badly. He was turned out of the bars and given the worst seats at the theater. But when the nation was at war..... then he was treated like a hero.

    note: the 'Widow' is Queen Victoria

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