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What is the pun in Kipling's poem "The Three-Decker"?

These are puns on the names of tourist agencies and operators. Ways no gaze could follow has the double meaning: routes that go beyond the horizon (or otherwise out of sight); routes that are not ...
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Did Rudyard Kipling Write "The Wrath of the Awakened Saxon"?

The poem has been altered from what Kipling actually wrote. You can find the original here on Project Gutenberg — in A Diversity of Creatures, by Rudyard Kipling (1917). The original title was The ...
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Which Kipling poem is this an allusion to?

The allusion may be to "A Truthful Song". Two verses are of particular interest for the comparison: "Your glazing is new and your plumbing's strange, But otherwise I perceive no change;...
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An Indian man retires to become a hermit

I think you are looking for The Miracle of Purun Bhagat. An Indian man had had a successful career, as a ruler or a high adviser/administrator, maybe had a medal, was semi-famous His name was ...
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Why the capitalization of "Heavens" in Rudyard Kipling's "The Secret of the Machines"?

This poem seems to have two meanings here, a literal one and a metaphorical one. Let's look at the last eight lines: We are greater than the Peoples or the Kings—    Be humble, as ...
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What is the meaning of cleaning the samovar in "To Be Held for Reference" by Rudyard Kipling?

What is the meaning of Browning's monk drinking his juice in three sips? To him (the monk), it signifies the Trinity, to everyone else, observing him, it is proably a meaningless idiosyncrasy. ...
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Explain "If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you"

This really depends on how you interpret "harm". I found a site that interprets the poem a small section at a time. For that line it says: We should build ourselves strong enough, mentally and ...
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Is there any known tune for the last two verses of Rudyard Kipling's Parade Song of the Camp Animals?

The Kipling Society offers no indication that "Commissariat Camels" or "All the Beasts Together" have corresponding tunes. In their page devoted to the "Parade Song", the ...
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Is there any known tune for the last two verses of Rudyard Kipling's Parade Song of the Camp Animals?

The last verse is in trochaic tetrameter, and there are numerous hymns in this meter (see this list) and probably countless other songs which you could borrow the music from. For example: Christ from ...
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What are the hand signals based on Kipling's books?

While googling this, I stumbled on what seems to be a copy of Lucifer's Hammer, and the part immediately around one hand signal seems to be this: "Okay.” Al raised his hands. And the shot went ...
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Why rename Kipling's poem "The Beginnings" to “The Wrath of the Awakened Saxon”?

My main guess is because the original intent of Kipling’s poem was to illustrate anti-German sentiment in the buildup to World War I (something Kipling was very much on board with). These people who ...
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