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  • Jakin and Lew - bold, bad drummer boys!

    Not long ago I discovered "The Drums of the Fore and Aft." And I loved it!

    "Which homily brings me directly to a brace of the most finished little fiends that ever banged drum or tootled fife in the Band of a British Regiment. They ended their sinful career by open and flagrant mutiny and were shot for it. Their names were Jakin and Lew--Piggy Lew--and they were bold, bad drummer-boys, both of them frequently birched by the Drum-Major of the Fore and Aft." - Rudyard Kipling

    If you like poems and short stories, Kipling has some great ones. I find some of his stories tedious and others I can read over and over again. Are there any other Kipling fans here?
    Last edited by KRJ; 01 Oct 18, 02:23.
    "Shoot for the epaulets, boys! Shoot for the epaulets!" - Daniel Morgan

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    The Jungle Book is always a favourite.

    The Man Who Would Be King is a great film.
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    • #3
      Epitaphs of the War. 1914 -1918

      Which include

      A DEAD STATESMAN

      I could not dig: I dared not rob:
      Therefore I lied to please the mob.
      Now all my lies are proved untrue
      And I must face the men I slew.
      What tale shall serve me here among
      Mine angry and defrauded young?
      http://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/poems_epitaphs.htm
      Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
      Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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        The tone of his poetry definitely changed after he lost his son in WWI.
        "Shoot for the epaulets, boys! Shoot for the epaulets!" - Daniel Morgan

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        • #5
          Originally posted by KRJ View Post
          The tone of his poetry definitely changed after he lost his son in WWI.
          'Have you news of my boy Jack ?
          Not this tide,
          When d''you think that he'll come back ?
          Not with this wind blowing,and this tide.


          "I dogmatise and am contradicted, and in this conflict of opinions and sentiments I find delight".
          Samuel Johnson.

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