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In such poems as "Gunga Din," "Mandalay," "Tommy," "Danny Deever," "If —," "The White Man's Burden," and "The Female of the Species," Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) evoked stirring images and created archetypes of British character at the height of the Empire. Filled with character study, dramatic incident, and rousing language, the poems delineate the time, place, and ethos ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published July 28th 1990 by Dover Publications (first published 1892)
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Jan 08, 2008 Denise rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes easily-readable poetry and can read in historical context
Shelves: reread
My girlfriend was suffering a migraine the other night, and I pulled this out to read to her; Kipling is unmatched at his command of the rhythms, sounds, and patterns of the English language. You absolutely have to read Kipling in the context of his times, but if you can manage to do that, an absolutely amazing progressive and universal light shines through his themes and his words ("nine and sixty ways of constructing tribal lays, and every single one of them is right") . You might also need Wi ...more
Aug 07, 2011 Roger rated it really liked it
Imperialistic, chauvinistic, sexist, and at times just plain racist, Kipling wrote poems from the self-aware Tommy's point of view. Beautifully composed, I really enjoyed them. If you can get past what was simply the attitude of the English at the time, you can find some heartwarming and endearing sentiments(and a few laughs).

The Absent-Minded Beggar

When you've shouted "Rule Britannia," when you've sung "God save the Queen"--
When you've finished killing Kruger with your mouth--
Will you kindly dr
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Apr 06, 2016 Katie Lumsden rated it really liked it
Maybe 3.5. An interesting if problematic read, and nice to get back into some Victorian poetry.
Aug 29, 2007 Lenna rated it really liked it
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The first time I read The White Man's Burden I thought it was taking the piss. I still like to maintain this belief despite knowing it wasn't the intention. It's pretty funny.
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Jan 03, 2013 Chris The Story Reading Ape rated it really liked it
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These used to be required reading when I went to school, but I doubt many people would appreciate them nowadays....pity...
Nov 14, 2012 Maureen rated it liked it
Kipling is another poet with a distinctive rhythm (like Poe) that makes for fun reading aloud. Try it.
Jun 09, 2013 Maryanne rated it it was amazing
Gunga din was what my Aussie grandfather used to call me sometimes when I was covered in Mud wonderful poems
Nick Black
Jul 17, 2009 Nick Black rated it liked it
George Orwell has written about Rudyard Kipling far better than I could hope to. Go read his Essays.
Apr 19, 2009 Keith rated it really liked it
I am not the greatest fan of poetry, but I couldn't stop reading this one. A what a fan of gunga din I am!
May 21, 2012 Ben rated it really liked it
I enjoyed his poems better than his writings in the Jungle Books.
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Apr 14, 2008 Nellie K. marked it as to-read
I saw the movie Gunga Din and it was pretty good.
Jun 19, 2009 Lynda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
I like Kipling, but I love his poetry.
Nov 24, 2010 Ezra marked it as to-read
Added mainly because of the Dylan song.
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I love Kipling.
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I liked it.
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tried at least.
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Shelves: classic, poetry, re-read
You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
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Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907 "in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize the creations of this world-famous author."

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