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Thread #152012   Message #3556360
Posted By: George Papavgeris
05-Sep-13 - 01:02 PM
Thread Name: The Widow's Uniform (uploaded)
Subject: RE: The Widow's Uniform (uploaded)
The Widow's Uniform – Part 14 of 15:

The Widow's Party

Stunning in its use of metaphor (the "widow's party" being a Victorian soldier's byword for a bloody campaign) this piece, like "Soldier, soldier" is self-evidently more song than poem. The "Johnnie…" refrains are genuinely difficult to read in plain speech. Note also the sardonic last stanza: so much again for Kipling as blind imperialist…