By Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), winner of the 1907 Nobel Prize for Literature and writer of 1 of the preferred poems within the English language, 'If-', has lengthy captured the curiosity of poetry fans. right here, Thomas Pinney brings jointly a range of well-established favourites and the simplest of the formerly uncollected and unpublished poems from The Cambridge variation of the Poems of Rudyard Kipling (2013). The poems, even if exploring the colonial adventure, exposing the injustice of battle, or appreciating the beauties of nature, resonate with Kipling's prepared observations of his international and powerful experience of poetic rhythm. found via Pinney in an array of not going hiding locations, the uncollected and unpublished poems convey the variety and improvement of Kipling's expertise over his lifetime, and, whilst mixed with long-held favourites, supply readers a special chance to adventure Kipling's mastery of poetry in a brand new approach.
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23. ” No. They’d blush if you asked them – ever so. At the slightest mention of social slips They turn clear pink to the finger-tips. Why, anything verging on innocent chaff Would shock the whole of Lord Dufferin’s Staff; That Solemn and Serious Staff. ” From Whiskey they fly and from “Simkin” shrink; But toast and water they merrily quaff, For this is the way of Lord Dufferin’s Staff; His rigidly temperate Staff. ” They think it wrong; And wholly unfitting an aide-de-cong, ’Tis all you can do to raise a laugh, Much less a waltz from Lord Dufferin’s Staff, That Solemn and Serious Staff.
Go, ask the bounding barasingh Where are your partners gone! Speak to the flying P and O, Or Thomas Cook and Son! They hunt another quarry now, The men whose loss you grieve; 19 For half of them are in Kashmir And half at Home on leave. For six short weeks each rover seeks A broader, bustling Mall – A cool, electric-lighted Ind Behind the Albert Hall. What is the scent of deodars – The bray of G-ldst-n’s band – To odours dear of London smoke, And tumult of the Strand? They will return, I know them well, But you must eke till then A semi-torpid season out With “boys” and aged men.
This At least is certain that the raw clay bends Into ignoble shapes without thy hand. The vase has taught me. O! make haste and come. I can but mar the good, grey, clay till then And know I mar it, and would mar it more But for past councils. Halim, Yusuf’s Son. 43 22 to these people “Peace upon Earth to people of good will,” So runs the song of eighteen hundred years Caught by the drowsy shepherds on the hill From Regents of the Spheres. Now we have lost the Babe among the straw That men, too wise, thresh out of Death and Birth; But year by year the old, sweet changeless Law Rings downward to the Earth.