Rudyard Kipling's Verse Summary & Study Guide

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The book, The Complete Verse of Rudyard Kipling, contains all of the poetry written by British author Rudyard Kipling. The poetry covers a variety of different topics and deals with various themes important to Kipling and the people of the time period in which he lived. Verses in the book are sometimes stand-alone poems but sometimes are part of a larger work.

It is interesting to note that in many of Kipling's poems, he deals with topics that are still relevant in today's society. These topics include ideas such as gun control, death and murder, religion and war. Other poems deal with the relationship between religion and government as well as the respect due to people who have fought in battles on behalf of their country.

Although many of the poems do deal with serious and heavy topics, there are also poems Kipling writes that deal with lighter topics. In his poem, "The Power of the Dog," for instance, Kipling writes about the way that an animal can earn the love of a human. Although this poem does deal with a heavy subject in that it talks about the sense of loss a man feels when his dog dies, it also has a lighthearted feeling. Verses that precede Kipling's Just So Stories are also included in this compilation of poems. These verses are from stories intended to be read by children.

Through his poems, Kipling also experiments with a variety of voices and forms of poetry. Kipling writes in his own voice, the voices of main characters in his poems, and even the voices of animals. While some of Kipling's poems have a clear rhyming scheme, some are written in free verse. In some instances, Kipling even writes verses that he incorporates into short plays.

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