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Complete Verse

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Witty, profound, wildly funny, acerbic and occasionally savage, Rudyard Kipling's poems continue to delight readers of all ages. Included are both the familiar favorites and Kipling's lesser-known works. This is the only complete collection of Kipling's poems available in paperback.
Paperback, 864 pages
Published January 27th 1989 by Anchor (first published December 27th 1988)
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"When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier."

Wow. The pathos.

Re-reading Kipling again. The older I get them more dark and critical his poetry sounds.
Alex Milledge
I really like Rudyard Kipling's writings despite all of the criticism leveled against him as nothing more than a Victorian rascist. I really like the time he has born in (late 19th century british india) and how his poems and stories are filled with adventure and nature.

If - is wisdom incarnate. The poem conveyed a shamanistic view of wisdom as "walking between the worlds", that we ought to stay from anger and resentment of others while not collapsing into the other extreme of escapism. I found
Lois Duncan
When I was 10-years-old, all I wanted for my birthday was a full collection of poems by Rudyard Kipling. My grandmother gave it to me, and I have it still and continue to be enchanged by the music of the verses.
"If" is one of my favorite poems.
Alex -B is for Banana-
I am so conflicted about Kipling. On the one hand: imperialist, colonial, racist, sexist, and so on. On the other hand: an absolute master of the English language. Not assigning any stars, because I don't know how to rate "brilliant/horrible" at the same time.
Oct 01, 2009 umberto marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I first heard his famed "If" read by a gentleman via BBC from my SW radio one evening some 20 years ago. So I read some of his understandable poems since I admire his ways of putting in good rhymes.
The poem, "If" is on pages 472-3 in this book.
Magnificient poet, very underrated, genius, witty, humorous and fascinating. Now outdated and politicially incorrect, but he had a fine mind and a lot of talent.
economical comprehensive collection of all of Kippling's poems.
the poetry itself is great and extremely clever. the over-all presentation of the book is a bit dry.
Jun 27, 2008 Valerie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the small group of people who read poetry
Recommended to Valerie by: Jeff
Kipling is one of my favorite poets. I read the poems to my boys some times, they are quite taken with the idea boots-boots-boots slogging over Africa.
Riff Denbow
Basically my life, one of the most precious objects I own, I take it nearly everywhere on all of my adventures. Wonderful, changed my life.
It's Kipling. Alot of Kipling. Some of it's great. Some of it's not as good as that which is great...
I haven't read the whole think, but Kipling's poetry is AMAZING, especially his war poems.
Some really good stuff in here. The Palace and Ballad of East and West are two of my favorites.
A master of the English language who has served it well.
Gloria DeWeese
i cannot say enough about kipling....
Apr 14, 2008 Jason added it
the poem "if" is a favorite
I love his poem 'IF'.
There are definatly a few poems I will never forget.
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