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From Dark Defile to Gethsemane: Rudyard Kipling's War Poetry

Daniel Karlin

in The Oxford Handbook of British and Irish War Poetry

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199559602
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199559602.013.0004

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 From Dark Defile to Gethsemane: Rudyard Kipling's War Poetry

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This chapter studies Rudyard Kipling and his war poetry, first considering Kipling's origins as a writer. Next, it tries to provide an understanding of Kipling's attitude to war, outlining the changes and continuities in the way he wrote about it, and finally discusses George Saintsbury's assumption that Kipling's career as a writer was instrumental, and that he was occupied with a literary form of nation building.

Keywords: Rudyard Kipling; origins as writer; attitude to war; George Saintsbury; nation building

Article.  8584 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets) ; Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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