The Collected Poems of Rudyard Kipling, Paperback

The Collected Poems of Rudyard Kipling Paperback

Part of the Wordsworth Poetry Library series

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Introduction and Notes by R.T. Jones, Honorary Fellow of the University of York. This edition of the poetry of Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) includes all the poems contained in the Definitive Edition of 1940.

In his lifetime, Kipling was widely regarded as the unofficial Poet Laureate, and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.

His poetry is striking for its many rhythms and popular forms of speech, and Kipling was equally at home with dramatic monologues and extended ballads.

He is often thought of as glorifying war, militarism, and the British Empire, but an attentive reading of the poems does not confirm that view.

This edition reprints George Orwell's hard-hitting account of Kipling's poems, first published in 1942, and generally regarded as one of the most important contributions to critical discussion of Kipling.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 928 pages, index
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9781853264054


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I love Kipling's verse. On the one hand it is stirring imperial stuff, but reading carefully he is surprisingly ahead of his time in some of his social thinking.

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I'm sure it's very petty of me and that I'm missing the point as usual, but I can hardly ever get past the rum-titty-tum rhythms of Kipling's verse. That combined with the tiresome cockneyisms makes everything sounds like a music hall song. And while I like a good old knees up as much as anyone, I don't particularly want to sit down and read the lyrics to "Boiled Beef and Carrots".

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I love taking this down sometimes and just flicking through to read a random poem. I love the range of poetry Kipling wrote -- and never quite realised before how much he wrote.