Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was one of the most popular writers in English in his day, the author of such still well known works as "The Man Who Would be King" and The Jungle Book. His poetry collections included Mandalay and Gunga Din, both published in 1890, and a recent gathering of his poems in the Everyman's Library Pocket Poet series reveals that he was prolific in form and content and a gifted storyteller in verse, often able to transcend the cliches of his time in touching on universal human predicaments. The stanzas below are excerpted from a long piece of many parts entitled "Epitaphs of the War." Kipling lost his only son in World War One.
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Excerpt from KIPLING: POEMS Copyright © 2007 by Everyman's Library. Excerpted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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