Macdonough's song

gandle(4 NE)March 23, 2012

Going through some papers sent to me from a 2nd cousin. Not exactly sure yet the relationship but grandad is mntioned several times in these papers. Anyway, there is a handwritten copy of Mcdonough's Song and I hadn't read that one in years. Now I wonder just exactly what Rudyard Kipling was referring to in the poem. I think it is quite apparent but am not sure.

And, who was Mcdonough?

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gandle(4 NE)

don't know

    Bookmark   March 24, 2012 at 3:06PM
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petaloid(SoCal 10a/24)

I looked it up, and it sounds to me like Irish politics.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2012 at 4:51PM
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don_socal

This is an interesting blog that uses the poem and expounds on the meaning as it reflects the state of politics today. How it related to your father's time and experience is something you would have more insight of but politics has truly gone through little change since Greek and Roman times and likely before that.

The influences are more in step with the flavor of the day as we continue through time so we have our own skew on things but the basics can be seen in Aesop's Fables, I Claudius or any of the Greek, Roman or Nordic mythologies.

Cogito Ergo Geek

This is a link from the first link attempting to describe the political environment we live in using Kipling's poems, "As Easy as ABC" about "Sheeple" (also one of the early science fiction stories set in 2065) and "Macdonough's song".

Defining a New Political Spectrum

The first link also remarks on how Kipling foretold of the future (today) as in the ancient gift of Cassandra

Hope this helps, it was interesting for me. Thanks for the nudge.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2012 at 10:51PM
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lilosophie

I book marked it, thanks, Don - a lot of heavy thinking there

    Bookmark   March 24, 2012 at 11:51PM
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gandle(4 NE)

Thanks for the research Don. I guessed it was along those lines. Have no idea why it is in these papers or who copied it.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2012 at 10:18AM
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