Joseph Rudyard Kipling and his Works

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Rudyard Kipling “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” –Rudyard Kipling. Rudyard Kipling was born on December 30, 1865 at Bombay, India. Kipling spent the first six years of his idyllic life in India until his family moved back to England in 1871. After six months of living in England his parents abandoned him and his three year old sister, leaving them with the Holloway family, which in turn mistreated him physically and psychologically, this left him with a sense of betrayal and scars mentally, but it was then Kipling started to grow a love for literature. Between 1878 and 1882 he attended the United Services College at Westward Ho in north Devon. The College was a new and very rough boarding…show more content…
England refused to provide for these men, finding it easier to talk about the glory of their soldiers rather than deliver them sustenance. Kipling's tone is grave and melancholy but also shows a sense of rage and bitterness that coursed through his lines as well as his life. Kipling was more negative than most poets at the time and it is no surprise this poem was far less popular. Kiplings poem “boots” is about the endless marching done in Africa. Kipling explains how the soldier would march for days, even weeks with no one to fight, and because the war was still on the endless marching with nothing to do but stare at the boots in front of you would drive you crazy. “We--can--stick--out--'unger, thirst, an' weariness,/But--not--not--not--not the chronic sight of 'em --/Boot--boots--boots--boots--movin' up an' down again”(21-23). Kipling even says, staring at the boots, not knowing when the next battle will be is even worse than being shot at. Kipling uses repetition in this poem to give the reader a sense of monotony. “Kipling’s poem says to count the bullets in the bandoliers and do not let your eyes drop or the enemy will get on top of you. It is not altogether too bad during the day because of one's friends, but at night the long strings of forty million are too much to bear. Soldiers marched six weeks down in Hell and can assert that there is no dark, or devils, or anything else – only the
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