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Thread #55180   Message #3286809
Posted By: Ross Campbell
07-Jan-12 - 09:39 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Kipling's 'Recessional'
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Kipling's 'Recessional'
That seems a very perverse reading of the poem. Written at the height of Britain's Imperial power, Kipling foresaw the disappearance of all that. It's a memento mori, a warning against the overweening pridefulness which PB seems to think Kipling is promoting.

And why should it be "anathema to Americans". Who better needs reminding that pride goes before a fall?