Friday, November 13, 2009

1892: Barrack-Room Ballads to "Gunga Din."

Chronology of World, British and American Literature

Rudyard Kipling. British. 1892. Poetry. Barrack-Room Ballads. Celebrates the British soldier and army life throughout the Empire. Ballad meters. Cockney diction.

Rudyard Kipling. British. 1892. Poem. “Fuzzy Wuzzy.” Celebrates the bushy-haired warriors of Sudan who fought Gordon and Kitchener.

Henrik Ibsen. Norwegian. 1892. Play. The Master Builder. Spirit of the artist trying to surpass its limiitations. Conflict of one’s needs and the needs of others. Fear of being crushed by a new generation of architects as he crushed builders before him. Tries to build a castle in the air but falls to his death.

Maurice Maeterlinck. Belgian. 1892. Play. Pelleas et Melisande. Girl found wandering in the forest is married to her rescuer, but she falls in love with his brother.

Rudyard Kipling. British. 1892. Poem. “Gunga Din.” In praise of a Hindu water-carrier for a British Indian regiment. “You’re a better man than I, Gunga Din.”

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