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Thread #58054 Message #918565
Posted By: ooh-aah
26-Mar-03 - 03:11 AM
Thread Name: Chord Req: Danny Deever (Kipling/Bellamy)
Subject: RE: Meanings, Kipling army song
I'm afraid I don't love Chesterton at all, though I admit his writing is of high quality. If he didn't constantly introduce setentious Catholic propaganda in so much of his stuff I might like him better. A further point about Kipling is that he learned some hard lessons in WW1, when his beloved son John died - he wrote perhaps his most moving and deeply felt story 'The Gardener' afterwards. Chesterton on the other hand continued with his bombastic 'Soldiers of the Lord' rubbish, long after the war when he should have known better - reading 'The Eternal Man' leads one to believe that he learned nothing at all from the carnage. 'The Gardener' also has a Christian conclusion, but it is introduced in a way that does not insult the intelligence of the audience, or distort the story.