Rudyard Kipling

1865-1936

Rudyard Kipling was born on December 30, 1865 and died on January 18, 1936. He was a British poet and author, born in India. In 1892 Kipling married Carrie Balestier. She was 30 and he was 26. Their marriage wasn't so great. The only reason they stayed together was for the sake of their children. He and his oldest daughter developed pneumonia in America in 1899 and his daughter died.

In 1897, he published Captains Courageous. In 1899, Kipling published his novel Stalky & Co. Kipling's poetry of the time included "Gunga Din" (1892) a The first decade of the 20th century saw Kipling at the peak of his popularity. In 1907 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature; "book-ending" this achievement was the publication of two connected poetry and story collections: 1906's Puck of Pook's Hill and 1910's Rewards and Fairies. In a 1995 BBC opinion poll, it was voted Britain's favorite poem. This was  Kipling's most famous poem.

Sample:

By the Hoof of the Wild Goat

By the Hoof of the Wild Goat uptossed From the cliff where she lay in the Sun Fell the Stone To the Tarn where the daylight is lost, So she fell from the light of the Sun And alone!

Now the fall was ordained from the first With the Goat and the Cliff and the Tarn, But the Stone Knows only her life is accursed As she sinks from the light of the Sun And alone!

Oh Thou Who hast builded the World, Oh Thou Who hast lighted the Sun, Oh Thou Who hast darkened the Tarn, Judge Thou The sin of the Stone that was hurled By the goat from the light of the Sun, As she sinks in the mire of the Tarn, Even now--even now--even now!

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