(notes by John McGivering
and John Radcliffe)
… that real poem “L’Envoi” ... which demands a response quite different from the verses, though some of them are imbued with somewhat grim notions, as in “The Undertaker’s Horse”, but are, clearly, designed to go no further than verse.In his Preface to A Choice of Kipling’s Verse—In which this poem is included—T. S. Eliot (p. 36) also considers whether Kipling was a poet or a vesifier: concluding:
I can think of a number of poets who have written great poetry, only of a very few whom I should call great verse writers. And unless I am mistaken, Kipling’s position in this class is not only high, but unique.