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Gunga Din and Other Favorite Poems

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2008

    When it comes to gin and beer...

    Quite unfortunately, Kipling has faded in literary popularity, in part, because he was, supposedly, the 'poet of imperialism.' There is some truth to this but, far more importantly, Kipling was arguably the greatest of all writers of the English Language. His poetry is simply superb. At one level, it is direct, masuculine and blunt. At another level, it is subtle and insightful, indeed. 'So 'ere's to you Fuzzy Wuzzy at your 'ome in the Sudan You're a poor benighted 'eathen but a first-class fightin' man.' Or, the poem that prevented Kipling from being appointed Poet-Laureate of Great Britain [Queen Victoria was NOT pleased]. 'So 'ere's to you, Widow at Windsor For 'alf of creation you own and we've won her the same with the sword and the flame and salted it down with our bones. Poor boys. It's blue with our bones.' Lines like this are the work of genius and have never been surpassed...and...in terms of Kipling's being a bone-headed colonialist, well, his detractors clearly never actually read Kipling. 'Din, Din, Din You Lazarusian Leather Gunga Din Though I've beat you Though I've flayed you You're a better man than I am Gunga Din.' Kipling was a man both humane and intelligent enough to understand and 'feel' the ambiguities of colonialism and empire.

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