Kipling - and a Chinook Down

In the wake of the terrible news Saturday that 30 American and eight Afghan troops were killed by hostile action in Afghanistan, one could have done worse than turn last weekend to the war poetry of Rudyard Kipling.   Kipling (the poet laureate of the British Empire) knew all about violent death in Afghanistan.  The Indian-born, English-educated, Darsi-speaking Anglo-Indian began his career as a newspaper editor and reporter in Lahore (now Pakistan).  He ended it as the recipient of the 1907 Nobel Prize for Literature. Nothing (except, perhaps, his American in-laws) daunted him: Kipling even served as a war correspondent, knowing all the great men of his time.  He is also one of the few men to have refused a knighthood. Kipling was, in the view of his contemporaries, the greatest artist of Victorian England. By our lights, Rudyard Kipling (1865-1938) was an imperialist, a racialist ("The White Man's Burden"), and a warmonger -- until his own son died in the First...(Read Full Article)

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