Rudyard Kipling A view of his views Essay

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Rudyard Kipling A view of his views



In Rudyard Kipling’s middle period of writing, he showed his views on ones self, ones
country, and ones race. To introduce Rudyard Kipling, he was born on December 30, 1865,
in Bombay, India (though was sent home to England to become educated at the tender age of
eight.) As the years passed, he grew to become an exceptional writer and his writings
were mostly pointed to patriotic issues ("Kipling, (Joseph) Rudyard, 1.) Concerning these
issues of patriotism is where we come into contact with his middle period of writing.

The three most recognised poems of this time where "If," "Recessional," and "The White
Man’s Burden." These three poems not only gave insight to the patriotism that was
harboured by Rudyard Kipling, but also a deep secret which, though has been interpreted
many different ways, seems to point out a view of racism. However, this did not stunt his
popularity with his people and the hearts of others because he is still considered one of
the greatest English short-story writers.

One of his works that has gained much popularity is his incomparable work "If." This work
has been compared to other works such as "Hamlet" and has been used as people’s mottos.
This poem not only gives advice, but also issues challenges (If, 1). In this beautiful
work, Kipling uses contrasting statements to reach his goal of making one not only a
better person, but also "a Man my son ("If," 1)."

The poem helps portray how one should be. It begins by issuing the challenging in
believing in ones self: even when blamed for wrong, alone, lied about, and hated. Not
only does it teach one to keep ones head in these situations, but not to meet them with
the same response in return. Then it leads one into believing in ones dreams and
aspirations and not letting anyone deter those hopes. However, it also states that one
should not let those dreams rule their life because they might fall; and when they do, one
should be able to pick up the shattered pieces and build them back again.

The final half of the poem starts off by telling the individual it was written for to be
able to lose and be a good loser about it. It says not to complain, but however to hold
on even if all that is making that person hold on is just simply the fact of holding on.
Finally it tells the individual to not ever place themselves above others, but rather
amongst them. It says to be respected by all, but not to be an idol and to never quit.
You should not stop halfway through your trek; however, fight on.

Kipling’s poem "Recessional" did not only set forth the patriotism and love of country
that he held, but it also showed his belief that God was the reason for their success. At
the beginning of the poem, he starts off with the statement "God of our fathers, known of
old" which showed that he believed that this country was founded on Christianity. However,
he believed that same God that the men of old knew may not be known by the men of now
("Recessional," 2).
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