Rudyard Kipling: The Complete Verse

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A fully revised and meticulously researched edition of Kipling's Complete Verse with an authoritative introduction from M. M. Kaye. When Kipling died in 1936 he was considered second to none as a poet. Years before, Tennyson had described 'young Kipling' as the 'only one with divine fire'; but in fact Kipling died in relative anonymity, his death overshadowed by that of George V and his reputation dented by a Britain that saw him as outdated and imperialist. On 23rd January King George was brought to lie in state...

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A fully revised and meticulously researched edition of Kipling's Complete Verse with an authoritative introduction from M. M. Kaye. When Kipling died in 1936 he was considered second to none as a poet. Years before, Tennyson had described 'young Kipling' as the 'only one with divine fire'; but in fact Kipling died in relative anonymity, his death overshadowed by that of George V and his reputation dented by a Britain that saw him as outdated and imperialist. On 23rd January King George was brought to lie in state in Westminster Hall, the same day as Kipling's ashes were quietly consigned to Poets? Corner in the Abbey. Kipling's poetry throughout the 756 pages of this edition captivates the reader, as varied as it is beautiful, bringing us characters such as Gunga Din, Judy O'Grady and the Colonel's Lady who have become enshrined in literature. Very often the most powerful and evocative poems are the most personal and humane; together they form a compelling and deeply moving portrait of this poet.

This complete collection of Kipling's verse will delight enthusiastic and devoted readers of Kipling everywhere. The only trade edition of complete poems by Kipling.

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Kipling was once the literary lion of the English-speaking world; within a generation his fame, as a poet at least, was all but extinguished. In a tendentious foreword to this edition of his complete verse, Kaye makes an unconvincing attempt to answer the usual charges of imperialism, racism, and war-mongering. Her attempt to rekindle enthusiasm for Kipling's verse will doubtless prove even less successful. While the poet's political attitudes played a substantial role in the eclipse of his literary reputation, no amount of coaxing is likely to convince a modern reader that these rollicking tales and ballads in verse are the creation of a writer touched with the ``divine fire'' of genius. One must be impressed, however, with Kipling's masterful storytelling ability, his gift for cadence, and the sheer number of verse forms he mastered. The poems are printed in chronological order, with an index of first lines. General readers and informed laypersons may still find these poems appealing.-- Jeffrey R. Luttrell, Princeton Univ., N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856266697
  • Publisher: Kyle Cathie Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 756
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 2.20 (d)

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