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The Long Trail

Selected Poems

Rudyard Kipling

Edited by Harry Ricketts

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Categories: 19th Century, 20th Century
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (144 pages)
(Pub. Apr 2004)
£8.95 £8.05
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  • The Lord knows what we may find, dear lass,
    And The Deuce knows what we may do -
    But we're back once more on the old trail, our own trail, the out trail,
    We're down, hull-down, on the Long Trail - the trail that is always new!

                from 'The Long Trail'
    Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was, as T.S. Eliot recognised, a supreme ballad-maker, a storyteller who relished the adventures and characters encountered in the wide world, and a man whose sympathies lay with those whose work and dedication sustained civic and political institutions. With humour, rhythmical skill and a gift for the unforgettable phrase, Kipling's poems have passed into common currency: 'If -', 'Mandalay', 'Gunga Din'... Harry Ricketts includes these in his selection, and many more. He also introduces a less familiar Kipling, lyrical, funny, compassionate, capable of bleak and savage satire. Often seen only as a laureate of empire, Kipling also speaks for the dispossessed and the victims of war. His fingerprints, Ricketts writes, 'are smudged all over twentieth-century literature': he affected Sassoon, Joyce, Auden and Brecht, and he still provides the necessary words at times of crisis.
    Rudyard Kipling
    RUDYARD KIPLING was born in Bombay in 1865, where his father taught at the government school of art. In 1871, he and his even younger sister were sent back to England to live with a family called the Holloways, a time of his life he always remembered as deeply unhappy. After ... read more
    Harry Ricketts
    HARRY RICKETTS was born in London in 1950 and is Associate Professor in the English Department of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is the author of The Unforgiving Minute: A Life of Rudyard Kipling (1999) and seven collections of poetry. ... read more
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