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Thread #138935 Message #3209281
Posted By: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
19-Aug-11 - 04:06 AM
Thread Name: Kipling with the Tradition
Subject: RE: Kipling with the Tradition
He's a compelling character for sure, Will, which makes him endlessly fascinating - Bellamy too of course. It raises all sorts of issues regarding human reality in the face of too-simplistically 'right on' world views that don't always square up with human reality. In this respect alone I find him rich and intriguing - as well as in terms of history and the 'folklore of folk' - & the volkishness that pervades much 20th century thinking anyway. We must know him in context, but we also must seek what relevance he has today - apart from pure nostalgia for a vanished sense of Englishness which I for one am glad is dead & butied! My England is a very different place to Kiplings - and Bellamy's - though I suspect they overlap in the hinterlands and fringes of the human landscape.