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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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Life Poetry

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 […]

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Midweek Kipple

In this time when our private emails are tracked and social media read our invoices, a warning that the worm can turn. The modern General Bangs would ensure the signaller was posted to the front. A Code of Morals Lest you should think this story true I merely mention I Evolved it lately. ‘Tis a […]

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Kipple

Chartres Windows 1925COLOUR fulfils where Music has no power: By each man’s light the unjudging glass betrays All men’s surrender, each man’s holiest hour And all the lit confusion of our days- Purfled with iron, traced in dusk and fire, Challenging ordered Time who, at the last, Shall bring it, grozed and leaded and wedged […]

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Friday Kipling.

Kipling wrote about the rankers. Yes, it was colonialism. But there was honour, and truth, and beauty. Our postcolonial time has lost these. Gunga Din You may talk o’ gin and beerWhen you’re quartered safe out ‘ere,An’ you’re sent to penny-fights an’ Aldershot it;But when it comes to slaughterYou will do your work on water,An’ […]

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Monday Kipple

Most people don’t think of Kipling as a religious poet, but this is a religious poem: late in his life. The execution is that of St Paul. At His Execution I am made all things to all men– Hebrew, Roman, and Greek– In each one’s tongue I speak, Suiting to each my word, That some […]