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Introduction and Notes by R.T. Jones, Honorary Fellow of the University of York.

This edition of the poetry of Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) includes all the poems contained in the Definitive Edition of 1940. In his lifetime, Kipling was widely regarded as the unofficial Poet Laureate, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for L
Paperback, 928 pages
Published December 5th 1999 by Wordsworth Editions Ltd (first published January 1st 1940)
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Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nobels, poetry
Reading Kipling’s poetry is like stepping into different worlds with each page you turn.

His incredible talent for giving different characters their specific voices and peculiarities is probably most celebrated in his prose. From the Jungle Books over the Just So Stories to Kim, we find a panorama of colourful personalities, all with their own looks, customs, vocabulary, accents and intonations - even if they happen to be animals.

In his poetry, the same rule applies, but in most cases one poem re
Liam Guilar
It would be an interesting thought experiment: Disprove the critical orthodoxy that T.S.Eliot is a better Poet than Kipling?

It's one of the revealing oddities of literary history that Kipling is out of favor for his perceived Ideologies as much as his poetics, while poets like Auden, who thought Stalin was cool, are approved. To be proud of being English, even if that pride is a self critical self aware one as it is with Kipling, damns him as a nationalist while had he been Irish or Scots or Wel
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(Soudan Expeditionary Force)

We've fought with many men acrost the seas,
An' some of 'em was brave an' some was not:
The Paythan an' the Zulu an' Burmese;
But the Fuzzy was the finest o' the lot.
We never got a ha'porth's change of 'im:
'E squatted in the scrub an' 'ocked our 'orses,
'E cut our sentries up at Sua~kim~,
An' 'e played the cat an' banjo with our forces.
So 'ere's ~to~ you, Fuzzy-Wuzzy, at your 'ome in the Soudan;
You're a pore benighted 'eathen but a first-class fightin' man;
We gi
Anthony Peter
Jul 18, 2014 rated it liked it
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Well, I've finished these at last in a 1930 edition titled the 'Inclusive Edition 1885-1926'. I started enthusiastically 4 years ago, but got bogged down by the time I was a third of the way through by what seemed to me to be an increase in versifying rather than an increase in poetic intensity. Mind you, I didn't quite know how the poems were arranged: thematically, chronologically...? I wanted to think they were chronological so I could follow Kipling's development as a poet, but I don't think ...more
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it
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"If down here I chance to die,
Solemnly I beg you to take
All that is left of 'I'
To the Hills for old sake's sake.
Pack me very thoroughly
In the ice I used to slake
Pegs I drank when I was dry-
This observe for old sake's sake."
-"A Ballade of Burial"

I think I certainly have mixed opinions about Kipling. Maybe my overall sense of boredom comes from the fact that this collection is massive, but I can't say that the content inside the book is as captivating as I had hoped for. While I found some real
Anju Rani
Jul 06, 2010 marked it as to-read
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highly referenced and full of insiders' asides, needs a lot more footnoting.
Oct 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
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I love taking this down sometimes and just flicking through to read a random poem. I love the range of poetry Kipling wrote -- and never quite realised before how much he wrote.
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Joseph Rudyard Kipling was a journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.

Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including The Man Who Would Be King (1888). His poems include Mandalay (1890), Gunga Din (1890), The Gods of the Copybook Headings (1919), The White Man's Burden (1899), and If— (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in
“We had a kettle; we let it leak:
Our not repairing made it worse.
We haven't had any tea for a week...
The bottom is out of the Universe.”
“Across a world where all men grieve
And grieving strive the more,
The great days range like tides and leave
Our dead on every shore.”
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