‘A Kipling-conditioned world’
Kipling among the war poets
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Dominic Hibberd and John Onions allow Rudyard Kipling's eighteen poems in their 2007 anthology The Winter of the World: Poems of the Great War. Brian Gardner asserts that 'Of all the poets well established by 1914, the one for whom the war poets themselves probably had least sympathy was Rudyard Kipling. Gardner included six poems from Kipling's First World War collection The Years Between: 'Mesopotamia', 'The Verdicts', 'A Death-Bed' and three of the 'Epitaphs'. The two war poets who most prominently exhibit 'Kipling-conditioning' are undoubtedly Rupert Brooke and Siegfried Sassoon. This rare glimpse of 'Kipling on Kipling' needs to be set against a post-Gardner and Ian Parsons reading of 'For All We Have and Are', such as Ann Parry's in The Poetry of Rudyard Kipling: Rousing the Nation. Occasionally, Ivor Gurney strikes a less felicitous stance that recalls Kipling.

In Time’s eye

Essays on Rudyard Kipling

Editor: Jan Montefiore

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