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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (26 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140424318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140424317
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 11.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rudyard Joseph Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865 but spent most of his childhood in England. He returned to India in 1881 as a journalist and also wrote stories, sketches and poems. His literary reputation was established with Plain Tales from the Hills (1888). Today he is best remembered for The Jungle Book and Kim. He was the first English writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize in 1907.
Before his retirement, Peter Keating was reader in English at Edinburgh. He is now a full-time writer.


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Penguin presents this selection in chronological order and it's remarkable how Kipling's style, intensity and thoughtfulness change as he goes through the experiences of the Boer and First World wars. Initially his poems are simple, jaunty tales of the British Empire and its characters, with an especial fondness for the ordinary soldier. The poems are full of funny accents and excruciating rhymes reading more like something out of music hall than serious introspection, although they often have a nugget of intensity behind them and are frequently funny. My favourite of these early poems is `The Betrothed', which is based on the true story of a man given a 'me or the cigars' ultimatum by his fiancé and who chose the cigars - leading to a court case for breach of promise. Kipling imagines the man turning over the arguments for and against in his mind and mints the famous line, `a woman is just a woman but a good cigar is a Smoke.'

When war comes Kipling becomes more serious by degrees. He lashes out against the men in charge who let down the ordinary soldier both in permitting the war to happen and in its woeful execution. He remembers the roles of nurses and other non-combatants who died in the conflict. Later, he worked with the War Graves Commission and some of his finest work consists of four or five verse epitaphs for war memorials and graves. His verse becomes steadily more political - trying to rally America against Germany for example and, after WW1, poems that predict the rise of Hitler and remilitarisation of Germany. It's not all work and no play however and his famous poems 'If' and 'A Smugglers Song' are included in this collection.

If you had an image of Kipling as jingoistic, patronising or even vaguely racist these verses should sweep all of that away.
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The reviewer who bought this for 99p paid about the right price for a product of this quality.

The contents are extensive and, as a "reading" collection of Kipling's poems, I'm happy to own it. However, the quality of the book is disappointing and is not a book that would take pride of place in my collection. The cover is gloomy and the contents have a "cheap" feel about them; paper, typeface and layout. One poem rolls on to another, no matter where on the page the first one finishes. You may find one poem ending 3/4 way down a page and a single stanza of the next poem filling the bottom of that page, the whole of the next page and 1/5 of the next. It is certainly not a beautiful book.

Kipling's works have been out of copyright for over a decade (since 2002) and it is difficult to understand why the work of a long-dead writer should command such a high cover price (£11:99), or even the Amazon price of £8:27 for a cheaply-produced, poorly-laid out anthology.

I do not know how comprehensive other Kipling anthologies (some of which are less expensive than this) are. But I would advise you to shop around if you want a "nice" anthology that you will enjoy owning and reading. I say this in the light of the fact that many (possibly all - I haven't checked) of his poems are available, free of copyright, on-line.

The copy I received from Amazon had a heavily creased spine, as if it had been read, perhaps by somebody in the warehouse in idle moments. I feel as if I should have gone on to Abebooks or to my local Oxfam shop to find a 99p copy.

When were Amazon offering this for 99p.
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Kipling's Poems are really amazing. Bought this book for 99p.

It has a good layout of Kipling's poems and a good selection of them too.

So 100% happy with this purchase.
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bought as a gift, it covered all that was required, a good sound selection, recipient was delighted with the book.
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Beautiful Penguin publication.
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