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Thread #87629   Message #1639008
Posted By: alanabit
01-Jan-06 - 05:51 PM
Thread Name: Happy! – Dec 30 (Kipling born 30 Dec 1865)
Subject: RE: Happy! – Dec 30 (Kipling)
He definitely had some ideas, which we don't admire these days. I agree he was full of paradoxes though. I believe his son was killed in the First World War, which caused him to have something of a rethink about the glory of battle and war.
Danny Deever and several other of his poems are gems. I thought some of the "Barrack Room Ballads" were very subversive too. Maybe his best work came when his instinct took over from those imperialistic ideas of his. To be fair to him, that way of thinking appeared to be perfectly good sense to many people of his age.