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First collected in 1892, Kipling's Barrack-Room Ballads relive the experiences of soldiers sent around the world to defend the Empire-all for little pay and less appreciation. An immediate success, they were unlike anything the public had seen before.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published June 3rd 2003 by Signet Classics (first published January 1st 1900)
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Lance Greenfield
Feb 13, 2011 Lance Greenfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some very moving ballads in here, and a few laughs amongst the sad ones too. Although this collection was written decades ago, they still strike a chord with anybody with any military experience at all.

This is a book to keep on one's bookshelf to dip in and out of whenever the mood takes.
Aditya Mallya
Jul 01, 2016 Aditya Mallya rated it it was ok
I'm sure British soldiers would have loved this material back in the day, but I found these poems far too dull and difficult to read.
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When I was a child, I considered the language cheesy. As an older child I would often recant the stories on a long hump packed with too much gear and a machine gun. I wanna say it made sense then.
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Shelves: poetry
The song lyric is a form of poetry; we forget this at times, don’t think of the words we hear sung everyday as poetry, but they are, as surely as the stuff written down in books. The ‘ballads’ name here is appropriate (though many are not in strict ballad form), as any one of these could be readily set to music (and more than a few have).

The ‘dialect’ in these pieces is a bit off-putting. It’s something to expect from Kipling, of course, and maybe it is even realistic for the men ‘speaking’ them
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Joseph Rudyard Kipling was a journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.

Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including The Man Who Would Be King (1888). His poems include Mandalay (1890), Gunga Din (1890), The Gods of the Copybook Headings (1919), The White Man's Burden (1899), and If— (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in
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