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Ann Parry writes in The Poetry of Rudyard Kipling that the question of whether Kipling was truly a poet has been "perpetually debated." She quotes writer T. R. Henn's answer to this question: "When his technical mastery, variety and craftsmanship have all been recognized, it has to be said that 'Kipling, nearly, but never wholly achieved greatness . . . the ultimate depth was lacking.'" Look at several of Kipling's poems of your choosing, and discuss the following in an essay: do you agree that Kipling's work shows "technical mastery?" Why or why not? Do you agree or disagree with the assessment that Kipling's work lacks "ultimate depth?" Why or why not? Use examples to support your opinions.

Kipling wrote "If" in 1910. Research other poets who were writing and publishing in England or the United States at the same time as Kipling. Compare and contrast Kipling's style with...

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