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The Mutiny at the Margins series takes a fresh look at the revolt of 1857 from original and unusual perspectives, focusing in particular on neglected socially marginal groups and geographic areas which have hitherto tended to be unrepresented in studies of this cataclysmic event in British imperial and Indian historiography.

A Poem on Lucknow from America
A poem on lucknow from america

‘THE Pipes at Lucknow’, by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892), is a fascinating example of a famous poem engendered by a probably fictitious event that travelled around the Western world in the aftermath of the mutiny. The story of the hearing of pipes at Lucknow captured the imagination so much that it inspired a host of literary and dramatic productions up to the end of the nineteenth century. In this version, American poet Whittier attempts to capture an ‘authentic’ Scottish voice. He situates his poem with a reference both to Indian names and Gaelic words; for example, he writes of the Indian River Goomtee (Gomti) and ‘pibroch’, a term for Scottish bagpipe music.

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