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- DescriptionKipling is seen by some as a stuffy Victorian imperialist devoid of the finer sensibilities. In fact, as Brian Harris contends in this new anthology, his poetry deals with the timeless themes of pain and suffering, forgiveness and redemption, love and hate. Concerned with 'the mere uncounted folk/Of whose life and death is ne/Report or lamentation', he berated officialdom for averting its eyes from the poor and hungry peasantry of India and dragged the dirt and squalor of the battlefield into England's elegant parlours. Familiarity, the author argues, has dulled the effect of Kipling's most well kwn pieces, while other, equally fine, poems have been neglected. What is lacking, he suggests, is t ather selection of Kipling's 'best' poems, but one which demonstrates the extraordinary width and depth of the poet's talents and the light which they throw on their great but enigmatic author. Harris concedes that this is a risky strategy which has t been tried before, but believes it is one that, if judged correctly, could introduce many new readers to the full splendour of the poet's verse. The anthology is rounded off with a brief life of Kipling, an account of the extraordinary ups and downs of his reputation and a critical analysis of his verse.
- Author BiographyBrian Harris OBE, QC is a retired barrister whose earlier works include 'The Literature of the Law' ('A splendid anthology.' The Times), 'Injustice', ('I strongly recommend it'. Counsel magazine), 'Intolerance' ('should inspire any number of debates'. Richmond Green chambers), 'Passion, Poison and Power' ('intriguing and convincing'. Law Society Gazette) and Tales from the Courtroom ('a fascinating collection concerning the nature of justice and the diversity of human behaviour' Granta).
- Author(s)Brian Harris
- PublisherCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Date of Publication23/01/2014
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintCreatespace Independent Publishing Platform
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight535 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine21 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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