The Eathen Kipling

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One cannot succeed without the possibility of failure. President Abraham Lincoln was born into poverty, failed twice as a business owner, lost over eight elections, and eventually suffered a nervous breakdown. A few years later, he won the presidential election and became one of the most impactful presidents in American history. President Lincoln exemplified the ‘Graduate at Graduation: Open to Growth’ subgoal of seeking new opportunities, despite the possibility of risk. If President Lincoln did not have the courage to seek new change in his life for the better, knowing that he might fail, he never would have become president (Steinberg). Poetry presents a unique perspective on this concept of failure — and the resulting path to success. Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was one of the few nineteenth-century poets who wrote extensively on the subject. Kipling, who mostly wrote short stories for children (most notably The Jungle Book), expanded his talents into poetry later in life. Many of Kipling’s poems deal with learning from loss and how we should accept…show more content…
“The ‘Eathen” shows us the life of men at war and how they are committing to the ultimate risk for the well being of others. “Keep away from dirtiness—keep away from mess,/ Don’t get into doin’ things rather-more-or-less! / Let’s ha’ done with abby-nay, kul, and hazar-ho; / Mind you keep your rifle an’ yourself jus’ so!” (Lines 73-76). You can’t go halfway into things, you must commit yourself to change: “An’ now the hugly bullets come peckin’ through the dust, / An’ no one wants to face ’em, but every beggar must; (lines 53-54). Everyone has the option to take risks in their lives, but some are bitter from the taste of failure. “The young recruit is ’appy — ’e throws a chest to suit;” (line 25). The recruit is happy because he has risked his life for others, he has found his purpose in pursuit of risk, and as a result,
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