Rudyard Kipling is a well-loved, well-read author from the turn of the twentieth century. He was born on December 30, 1865 in Bombay, India. He spent most of his premature years in England and India. Throughout his life, Rudyard used his writing to communicate in newspaper articles, poetry, and literature. He did this so well he was the first Englishman to win the Nobel prize for literature.
Kipling started his writing career when he was just 16writing for a newspaper in India. He continued for 8 years writing nonfiction articles. Kipling said that this taught him to communicate and be “succinct, accurate in detail, and interested in the stories of other people” (Gillooly 6). The newspaper also allowed him to print his poems.
Kipling’s poems were first present in the paper and later became one of his main ways of communicating. Kipling later said he chose the “weights, colors, perfumes, and attributes” (Gillooly 5) of his words carefully. In these carefully worded sentences, Kipling communicates his own experiences. In his poem ‘if’, he shows his adoration for his children, and in ‘Neighbors’, he shows his respect for the world.
Another one of Kipling’s main communicating forms is his literature. In his novels, he once again communicates his experiences. Kipling said that he “wanted to tell the tale of our life” (Gillooly 6), and he does in his book ‘Kim’, where he implements his childhood history into the plot.
Kipling is communicating his beliefs and ideas in many different forms. Kipling’s tales have awed readers throughout the world, as modern-day Neil Gaiman said “Kipling was . . . as much a poet of the dispossessed as he was a poet of the Empire” (Gaiman 2). Kipling’s tales have and will inspire readers and writers for ages to come.♣
Gaiman, Neil. Rudyard Kipling’s Tales of Horror and Fantasy. New York: Pegasus Books, 2008.
Gillooly, Eileen. Poetry for Young People: Rudyard Kipling. New York: Sterling Publishing Company, 2000