Kipling – Rudyard

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English Poet English Poet Kipling

KIPLING: Rudyard 1865-1936

Nobel Prize for Literature 1907
Born: 30 December 1865, Mumbai, India
Died: 18 January 1936, London, United Kingdom


Kipling was a snowbird and escaped the northern winters in Cape Town. He declined most of the many honours offered him including a knighthood, the title of Poet Laureate and the Order of Merit.

”Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.”
”For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.”
Selected Bibliography (*Famous Poems)
Kipling wrote nearly 550 poems


*If: If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
*Gunga Din: You may talk o’ gin and beer When you’re quartered safe out ‘ere,
*I Keep Six Honest: I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew)
*The Way through the Woods: They shut the road through the woods seventy years ago
*How the Camel Got His Hump: The Camel’s hump is an ugly lump which well you may see at the Zoo;
*The Female of the Species: When the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride, He shouts to scare the monster who will often turn aside.

NOVELS (*Best known)

Kipling was a prolific writer producing 1200 books, some of which have stood the test of time
*Jungle Book
*Just So Stories
Puck of Pook’s Hill (Based on the signing of the Magna Carta)
Stalky and Co.
Captains Courageous