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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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What is the meaning of the final stanza of The Rabbi's Song by Rudyard Kipling?

tl;dr The "means" is forgiveness. Deets The quoted verse is Kipling's recasting of 2 Samuel 14 14: For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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Is there any evidence to support the claim that Mowgli's character was inspired by Dina Sanichar?

The numerous attestations that Sanichar was the inspiration for Mowgli seem, for the most part, reference-less. One (in my opinion significant) piece of evidence to the contrary is Kipling's memoir ...
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What is the meter of these lines from 'If' by Rudyard Kipling?

The lines fit iambic pentameter well enough. To take each in turn: x / | x / | x / | x / | x / | x If you | can wait | and not | be tired | of wait | ing The line is ...
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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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Did Alfred Tennyson ever read The Last of the Light Brigade?

Did Alfred Tennyson ever read The Last of the Light Brigade? In relation to this first question there is a paucity of direct evidence from documentary sources indicating that Tennyson ever read or ...
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Context of Kipling poem Dane-Geld

The 'Background' notes provided state that the poem comes from Kipling and Fletcher's A School History of England of 1911. I found a commentary on the book here
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