Rudyard Kipling

(1865-1836)

WHO S/HE WAS:

Rudyard Kipling was a British writer whose works of fiction include _The Jungle Book_ and _The Man Who Would be King_. His poems include “Mandalay”, The Gods of the Copybook Headings” and “The Young British Soldier.” Kipling was one of the most popular writers in the United Kingdom during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

WHAT S/HE SAID:

Take up the White Man's burden

Send forth the best ye breed;

Go, bind your sons to exile

To serve your captives' need;

To wait, in heavy harness,

On fluttered folk and wild;

Your new-caught sullen peoples,

Half devil and half child.

WHY S/HE MATTERED:

Kipling’s poem, “The White Man's Burden” (1899), created controversy when published. Regarded by some as anthems for enlightened and duty-bound empire-building (that captured the mood of the Victorian age), the poem was equally regarded by others as propaganda for brazenfaced imperialism and its attendant racial attitudes. Still others saw irony in the poems and warnings of the perils of empire.

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