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Treasury of 44 poems evokes stirring images of British character and attitudes at the height of the Empire. "Gunga Din," "Danny Deever," "If—," "The White Man's Burden," "The Female of the Species," many others, filled with character study, dramatic incident and rousing language New Notes to the Text. Alphabetical lists of titles and first lines.
Paperback, 80 pages
Published July 28th 1990 by Dover Publications (first published 1966)
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Jan 08, 2008 Denise rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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...more
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.
Chris The Story Reading Ape
These used to be required reading when I went to school, but I doubt many people would appreciate them nowadays....pity...
Kipling is another poet with a distinctive rhythm (like Poe) that makes for fun reading aloud. Try it.
Gunga din was what my Aussie grandfather used to call me sometimes when I was covered in Mud wonderful poems
Nick Black
George Orwell has written about Rudyard Kipling far better than I could hope to. Go read his Essays.
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!
I enjoyed his poems better than his writings in the Jungle Books.
Nellie K.
Apr 14, 2008 Nellie K. marked it as to-read
I saw the movie Gunga Din and it was pretty good.
Add a few stars if racism's your bag.
I like Kipling, but I love his poetry.
Nov 24, 2010 Ezra marked it as to-read
Added mainly because of the Dylan song.
I liked it.
Dec 03, 2011 Meter added it
tried at least.
You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
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