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Modern English War Poetry$
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Tim Kendall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199562022

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562022.001.0001

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Rudyard Kipling’s Dress Parade

Rudyard Kipling’s Dress Parade

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Modern English War Poetry

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This chapter explores the war poetry of Rudyard Kipling. Hardy's Boer War poetry shows little interest in soldiers until they die. It says nothing about soldiers' experiences in battle, their daily routines, their sense of duty, their camaraderie, even their attitudes to military and civilian leader. It falls to Rudyard Kipling, a long-standing veteran of the barrack-room, to break that silence; in doing so, he fosters the earliest significant generation of soldier-poets, which will emerge during the Great War over a decade later.

Keywords:   war poetry, Rudyard Kipling, Boer war, soldier-poets

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