George Orwell did not like Kipling at all. I quote from this essay by Orwell:

Kipling is a jingo imperialist, he is morally insensitive and aesthetically disgusting.

But this essay also shows that Orwell had read at least some of Kipling's poetry. I couldn't help noticing some similarities between two of the three party slogans in George Orwell's book 1984 and Kipling's poem The White Man's Burden.

Orwell:  War Is Peace
Kipling: Take up the White Man's burden—
             The savage wars of peace—

Orwell:  Freedom Is Slavery
Kipling: The cry of hosts ye humour
             (Ah, slowly!) toward the light:—
             “Why brought ye us from bondage,
             “Our loved Egyptian night?”

Is there any evidence as to whether Orwell's slogans were inspired in part by Kipling's poem?

(And please, let's not get into an argument about whether Kipling was entirely pro-imperialism when he wrote these lines—this question has been hashed out altogether too often.)

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    "George Orwell did not like Kipling at all." That's inaccurate. It would be more accurate to say he had strongly mixed feelings. Admittedly, that essay (which probably contains his most detailed thoughts on Kipling), consists largely of damning with faint praise, but it does suggest a certain guarded admiration in places. For one thing, if he despised KIpling so much, he wouldn't have read as much of his as he clearly had. Mar 27 '18 at 15:52
  • "Collected Poems of Rudyard Kipling", ISBN 9781853264054 has an introduction by R T Jones which discusses that Orwell essay in detail.
    – tgdavies
    Sep 13 at 5:37

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