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Danny Deever Analysis



Author: Poetry of Rudyard Kipling Type: Poetry Views: 943

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"What are the bugles blowin' for?" said Files-on-Parade.

"To turn you out, to turn you out", the Colour-Sergeant said.

"What makes you look so white, so white?" said Files-on-Parade.

"I'm dreadin' what I've got to watch", the Colour-Sergeant said.

For they're hangin' Danny Deever, you can hear the Dead March play,

The regiment's in 'ollow square -- they're hangin' him to-day;

They've taken of his buttons off an' cut his stripes away,

An' they're hangin' Danny Deever in the mornin'.



"What makes the rear-rank breathe so 'ard?" said Files-on-Parade.

"It's bitter cold, it's bitter cold", the Colour-Sergeant said.

"What makes that front-rank man fall down?" said Files-on-Parade.

"A touch o' sun, a touch o' sun", the Colour-Sergeant said.

They are hangin' Danny Deever, they are marchin' of 'im round,

They 'ave 'alted Danny Deever by 'is coffin on the ground;

An' 'e'll swing in 'arf a minute for a sneakin' shootin' hound --

O they're hangin' Danny Deever in the mornin'!



"'Is cot was right-'and cot to mine", said Files-on-Parade.

"'E's sleepin' out an' far to-night", the Colour-Sergeant said.

"I've drunk 'is beer a score o' times", said Files-on-Parade.

"'E's drinkin' bitter beer alone", the Colour-Sergeant said.

They are hangin' Danny Deever, you must mark 'im to 'is place,

For 'e shot a comrade sleepin' -- you must look 'im in the face;

Nine 'undred of 'is county an' the regiment's disgrace,

While they're hangin' Danny Deever in the mornin'.



"What's that so black agin' the sun?" said Files-on-Parade.

"It's Danny fightin' 'ard for life", the Colour-Sergeant said.

"What's that that whimpers over'ead?" said Files-on-Parade.

"It's Danny's soul that's passin' now", the Colour-Sergeant said.

For they're done with Danny Deever, you can 'ear the quickstep play,

The regiment's in column, an' they're marchin' us away;

Ho! the young recruits are shakin', an' they'll want their beer to-day,

After hangin' Danny Deever in the mornin'.










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I heard Danny Deever today on the radio, in connection with a story on the finality of the death penalty, which was only partly the point of Kipling\'s writing. I will head to the library today to locate more of Kipling\'s poetry and prose, as I am amazed at the power of his pen. Alas, we don\'t read much poetry now. Only in high school did my teachers insist on us reading and memorizing poems.

| Posted on 2012-08-14 | by a guest


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The constant repetition and its rhythmic pattern gives the feeling of a soldier\'s march.

| Posted on 2012-02-20 | by a guest


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This poem is basicly about an military execution parade, the one being executed is Danny Deever, hence the name. He is being executed by hanging for killing a fellow soldier in his sleep. All this takes place in India

| Posted on 2009-03-19 | by a guest


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trick or treat.smell my feet
and die.hahahahaha.

| Posted on 2008-09-23 | by a guest




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