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The Ladies Analysis

Author: Poetry of Rudyard Kipling Type: Poetry Views: 999

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I've taken my fun where I've found it;

I've rogued an' I've ranged in my time;

I've 'ad my pickin' o' sweet'earts,

An' four o' the lot was prime.

One was an 'arf-caste widow,

One was a woman at Prome,

One was the wife of a ~jemadar-sais~,[Head-groom.]

An' one is a girl at 'ome.

Now I aren't no 'and with the ladies,

For, takin' 'em all along,

You never can say till you've tried 'em,

An' then you are like to be wrong.

There's times when you'll think that you mightn't,

There's times when you'll know that you might;

But the things you will learn from the Yellow an' Brown,

They'll 'elp you a lot with the White!

I was a young un at 'Oogli,

Shy as a girl to begin;

Aggie de Castrer she made me,

An' Aggie was clever as sin;

Older than me, but my first un --

More like a mother she were --

Showed me the way to promotion an' pay,

An' I learned about women from 'er!

Then I was ordered to Burma,

Actin' in charge o' Bazar,

An' I got me a tiddy live 'eathen

Through buyin' supplies off 'er pa.

Funny an' yellow an' faithful --

Doll in a teacup she were,

But we lived on the square, like a true-married pair,

An' I learned about women from 'er!

Then we was shifted to Neemuch

(Or I might ha' been keepin' 'er now),

An' I took with a shiny she-devil,

The wife of a nigger at Mhow;

'Taught me the gipsy-folks' ~bolee~;[Slang.]

Kind o' volcano she were,

For she knifed me one night 'cause I wished she was white,

And I learned about women from 'er!

Then I come 'ome in the trooper,

'Long of a kid o' sixteen --

Girl from a convent at Meerut,

The straightest I ever 'ave seen.

Love at first sight was 'er trouble,

~She~ didn't know what it were;

An' I wouldn't do such, 'cause I liked 'er too much,

But -- I learned about women from 'er!

I've taken my fun where I've found it,

An' now I must pay for my fun,

For the more you 'ave known o' the others

The less will you settle to one;

An' the end of it's sittin' and thinkin',

An' dreamin' Hell-fires to see;

So be warned by my lot (which I know you will not),

An' learn about women from me!

What did the Colonel's Lady think?

Nobody never knew.

Somebody asked the Sergeant's wife,

~An'~ she told 'em true!

When you get to a man in the case,

They're like as a row of pins --

For the Colonel's Lady an' Judy O'Grady

Are sisters under their skins!


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I can quite agree with him in some respects he is saying that regardless of race or station people are the same sex ally but of course in different ways so having a broad experience it's virtually impossible to get the ideal one so basically there will always be regrets with a monogamous relationship
As an aside although ogrady rhymes well it's a poor choice as the ogrady means noble in irish as they were descended from a ruling elite so maybe even higher than a colonels wife?

| Posted on 2016-05-25 | by a guest

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I believe that while this poem is a discussion on masculine tendencies (and it's interesting how little they've changed!), it's also an argument against racial prejudice; a common belief during Kipling's life was that certain people were -for lack of a better word- better. Kipling's notion is that the aristocracy who believe themselves above the masses are simply no different. The last line, "For the Colonel's Lady an' Judy O'Grady Are sisters under their skins!" is telling.

| Posted on 2015-02-02 | by a guest

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This is a man talking about his experience with women - both sexual and romantic. He is trying to teach some young naive men who are at the beginning of the journey he\'s already taken. When he says, \"I must pay for my fun\" that suggests he had fun doing what he did but he regretted some of it. Judy O\'Grady is an Irish name which suggests she is a working woman and that is contrasted with the Colonel\'s lady who is of a higher rank. There is class distinction but the speaker says, \"sisters under their skins\" which suggests they are all basically the same, no matter what class they\'re from.

| Posted on 2013-01-23 | by a guest

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That is known that money makes us disembarrass. But what to do if someone does not have cash? The only one way is to receive the mortgage loans and collateral loan.

| Posted on 2011-12-23 | by a guest

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Kipling was never in the army yet he sounds like a philosophical old soldier confessing to us. He's known too many women and learned too much from them to settle for just one, so he's doomed and, of course, no one will take his advice.

| Posted on 2008-06-17 | by a guest

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As an army veteren of overseas duty and having been single all these years, I can well relate and say Mr. Kipling must be speaking from experience which is the true fountain of knowledge. If one has had the experience as Kipling has written, then it will reflect that kernel of truth that a good poem can reveal. Any good poem can strike a responsive note by the reader, a bit like viewing a painting, if one is repelled or attracted, then it is good.

| Posted on 2006-03-30 | by Approved Guest

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