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Daniel Karlin has chosen poetry written and released through the reign of Queen Victoria, (1837-1901). Giving satisfaction of position to Tennyson, Robert Browning, and Christina Rossetti, the amount deals beneficiant decisions from different significant poets such asArnold, Emily Bronte, Hardy and Hopkins, and makes room for a number of poem-sequences of their entirety. it's very good, too, in its discovery and inclusion of eccentric, dissenting, un-Victorian voices, poets who squarely refuse to 'represent' their interval. it is usually the paintings of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, George Meredith, James Thomson and Augusta Webster.

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And his love of the new, this thirst for fresh experience and changing scenes persists in Kim's young life: on the Grand Trunk Road, "there were people and new sights at every stride-castes he knew and castes that were altogether out of his experience"; and with the important Sahiba's entourage (the Wife of Bath's world) "this was the life as he would have it-bustling and shouting, the beating of bullocks and the creaking of wheels, lighting of fires and cooking of food, and new sights at every turn of the approving eye ....

It is a note of delight in life, of openness to people and things that is maintained throughout the novel and is the essence of its magic. Kipling's passionate interest in people and their vocabularies and their crafts is, of course, the essence of the magic of all his work. But in all the other books it tends to be marred by aspects of his social ethic-by caution, reserve, distrust, mastered emotion, stiff upper lips, direct puritanism or the occasional puritan's leer, retributive consequences, cruelty masquerading as justifiable restraint or bullying as the assertion of superiority.

However, before we set this change of heart entirely to Eliot's credit, we need to take note of certain difficulties whicK arise rn our reading of the poet for whom he is soliciting our admiration. There is for instance what is probably the most justly famous of all Kipling's poems, his "Recessional" of 1897, quoted in part here: God of our fathers, known of old, Lord of our far-flung battle-line, Beneath whose awful Hand we hold Dominion over palm and pineLord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget-lest we forget!

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