Rudyard Kipling and "The White Man's Burden" (task 6, p. 233)
Rudyard Kipling (see the short story "Lispeth" on page 227) is a writer about whom people have strong disagreements. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature, but when he died his style of writing had fallen from favour. Recently, however, there has been a serious revival of interest in Kipling’s work. Some writers never “dropped” him. Hemingway, for example, always rated him a very strong influence. T. S. Eliot valued his poems.
TASK - "The White Man's Burden"
Se task 6 on page 233.
- Who has made this website (the second one below)? How “neutral” would you expect this source to be?
- Where was Kipling born?
- What did his father do?
- What sort of contact did he have with his mother when he was a child?
- How much of his life did he spend in India?
- He endured some personal tragedies. What?
- What literary genres did he mostly write?
- Find the poem “Cities and Thrones and Powers” and say what you think about the poem’s style, imagery and theme. (Note: e’en = even; saith = says.)
- Find out what you can about Kipling’s politics and his attitude to the role of the British in India and to Indian independence.