... a bitter-sweet poem written as an Indian homage to Robert Browning’s famous lamentation of the Englishman in exile, “Home Thoughts from Abroad:Looking at the luxuriant growth in his Indian garden, full of unfamiliar sights and sounds where English roses do not thrive, the poet wishes, like Browning, to be back in England. The returned soldier in “Mandalay”, however, takes the opposite view as he does not like the climate of London and wishes to be back in Burma:
Oh, to be in England
Now that April’s there,
Lyrical and confident in metre, “In Springtime” was arguably the best thing he had written since “Ave Imperatrix”..
...in a cleaner, greener landAnd the other returned soldier in “Chant–Pagan” wonders
‘Ow can I ever take onThis sentiment is repeated in other prose and verse.
With awful old England again
‘An ‘ouses both sides of the street,
And ‘edges two sides of the lane.