Rudyard Kipling Essay

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Christian BaileyMs.BellAP Lit.&Comp.November 24,2013Rudyard KiplingJoseph Rudyard Kipling was a famous English short story writer, poet, and novelist born December 30th, 1865. One of his many accomplishments was winning the Nobel Prize in Literature.The poem "What the People Said" written in 1887 Kipling tells of a Queen giving a speech; she says how God has given her many years, and granted her with dominion and power. In this time the people believed in the "Divine Right of Kings" that the person in power over the people were chosen by God. The ploughman settles the share and says "The wheat is my care, And the rest is the will of God." He takes care of what he has and he gives the rest unto the heavenly Father. Stanza 16 he tells how God sends the rain and Mlech in the fated year. What God does is good because he helps young wheat grown for the bread of life(stanza 21&22). Without God sending these elements the ploughman would have no harvest; this idea goes back to stanza four, when the poet writes that "the rest is in the will of God". It is in the will of Him to provide for the people and he knows that by him sending rain to the wheat the ploughman will have a harvest to reap. In the next few lines Kipling writes again about the good years the Lord sends. He also reassures that God will provide for his people " He giveth to each man his food or her food to the Earth". Alliteration and repetition is frequently used in this piece. Kipping brings up in Stanza 39 how God sends rain similarly to stanza 16. This time the rain is increasing the cattle. Lines 41 and 42 are nearly identical to 11 and 12 the both speak on the Ploughman setting the share. Lines 47 and 48 are also closely related to 13 and 14. At the end of the poem the God had raised and drove forth the Mogul and the White Queen who in the beginning was telling her people to Rejoice! Though the thought of death is a time for mourning it is also a time to be thankful and rejoice for the years that the Lord provided her with. The ploughman still had the wheat and cattle, he still had to care for them "And the rest is the will of God."Butterflies another poem by the great Rudyard Kipling. The tone of this poem is quite depressing yet heartfelt. A beautiful creature known as the butterfly being chased by young children in the name of fun. But they fall and sting their toes ; that doesn't stop them though; they continue on their journey until after they have a thousand scratches and scrambles; then the hunting is over. Their father helps to calm the young ones down by sending them to the garden for cabbage to put over their wounds. In stanzas 13-16 Kipling goes over the process of the formation of butterflies. Before they form into these beautiful flying critters of color; they are dull and grey. Once this long life procedure is done; its like they are awaken from the dead and they are what the is pleasing to the eye and heart. The final stage of the butterflies life is all that...

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