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Thread #138935   Message #3211523
Posted By: GUEST,Suibhne Astray
23-Aug-11 - 02:07 PM
Thread Name: Kipling with the Tradition
Subject: RE: Kipling with the Tradition
Reactionary racist paternalistic imperialism

Good grief? I think you've missed the point here: that's exactly what Kipling is - accept this much and you've got the essence of the man & his oeuvre. He wasn't unfeeling nor yet politically incorrect, nor should we be inclined towards revision or apology much less cutting anything out. There no way we can just read the bloody poetry without an understanding of its context, and what it might tell us a man ande his times on one hand and the nature of Folk as a nationalist construct on the other. Get a life? Hell, such considerations are the very stuff of life!