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Wednseday Complicate Kipple: A Sestina.

You generally do not think of the Sestina as a mode for popular Poetry. But Kipling was able to do it, using the vernacular of the working man. Sestina of the Tramp-Royal Speakin’ in general, I ’ave tried ’em all— The ’appy roads that take you o’er the world. Speakin’ in general, I ’ave found […]

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Wednesday Kipple

The Royal Navy have had four ships named Camperdown, which was a victory over the Dutch (and the name of the first ship: a prize from that battle). Kipling’s ship is fictional, satirical, and overgunned. Many ships of the Virtorian era were: the transition from the ship of the line in the Napoleonic wars to […]

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Wednesday Kipple

I’ve been quoting a fair amount of St Paul lately, with more to come and it seems that this poem is appropriate. At His Execution “The Manner of Men” St. Paul I am made all things to all men– Hebrew, Roman, and Greek– In each one’s tongue I speal, Suiting to each my word, That […]

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Life Poetry

Wednesday Kipple.

It’s Advent. St Wilfrid was quite real, Eddi is probably his biographer. There is a church at Mahood End, which is a real village. But the saying of the mass and preaching to the animals may be a poetic conceit. Regardless, this is the best Kipling Christmas poems: his one about India is morose. Eddi’s […]

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Wednesday Kipple

I am using Bartleby as a source for poems, and it is very good. What amuses me here is that Upton Sinclair, an Edwardian Revolutionary, counted Kipling as one of the progressives. He was seen as a radical, not an imperialist. Under this title the English poet has written a striking picture of the social […]

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Wednesday Kipple.

We have dogs. We have cats. I would say this — not merely the dogs. Not merely. “The Power of the Dog” There is sorrow enough in the natural way From men and women to fill our day; And when we are certain of sorrow in store, Why do we always arrange for more? Brothers […]

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Life Poetry

Wednesday Kipple.

If the Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of any age, then those of the ages before and to come are ignored. To our peril. Prophets at Home “Hal O’ the Draft”–Puck of Pook’s Hill Prophets have honour all over the Earth, Except in the village where they were born, Where such as knew them boys […]

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Wednesday Kipple.

It is not often you introduce a poem by quoting the poetic preface to an allegory. Kipling saw the great war not as much as a test of empire (this was the third year of the war) but as a test of the souls of men. And he looked to older books and survivors of […]

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Wednesday Kipple

Nations matter: but we need to keep what we have. If we do not repair the pumps and clear out the drains, there will be floods. In the local elections I pay more attention to the drains and sewage than to any grandiose plans to save the world. There is a suburb not five kilometers […]

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Midweek Kipple

I am having a week’s break, but here is a poem. Doctors 1923 Man dies too soon, beside his works half-planned. His days are counted and reprieve is vain: Who shall entreat with Death to stay his hand; Or cloke the shameful nakedness of pain? Send here the bold, the seekers of the way– The […]