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The web-site since the Face-lift

As the nights get longer in northern latitudes use of the internet tends to increase. Our reader numbers are currently some 3008 a day, sometimes a little higher sometimes lower. The verse is the main…

Recording of 1 February 2023 meeting

On 1 February 2023, Rufus Vaughn-Spruce spoke to the Society on the topic ‘The Other Man Who Could Write: Stephen Wheeler as Man of Letters’. The recording of Rufus’s talk and the discussion which followed…

The King’s Pilgrimage

On 16 November 2022, Christopher Kreuzer gave a talk to the Society on the 1922 visit of King George V to the Flanders war graves, the subject of Kipling’s poem ‘The King’s Pilgrimage’, during which…

A tour of Bateman’s

The film shown at the Society’s meeting on 21 September 2022 can now be viewed online….

A Kipling playlist on Spotify

We have put together this Spotify playlist with a selection of Kipling-related music containing both his verses set to music and music inspired by his works. If there is something you know is already…

Verse on our Facebook page

After three years of posts titled ‘Verse of the Week’, we have over six hundred followers, though with sharing this multiplies up. On March 20th for example, we had a ‘reach’ of more than six…

In the Kipling Library, April 13th

April 13th 2022 at 1800 BST on Zoom: members joined  Dr Toby Parker, the Society’s Honorary Archivist and John Walker, our Hon. Librarian, in a celebration of rare or unusual books and ephemera to be…

Rudyard Kipling

This week’s quotations

April 14th to 20th

From his three hundred and fifty stories and nine hundred poems Kipling has contributed more familiar quotations to our language than anyone  since Shakespeare. Here’s another group of three for you to identify …

  1. ‘And, overshooting all other marks, the arrow passed far and far beyond sight. At the last it fell; and, where it touched earth, there broke out a stream which presently became a River, whose nature, by our Lord’s beneficence, and that merit He acquired ere He freed himself, is that whoso bathes in it washes away all taint and speckle of sin.’

  2. The lama, very straight and erect, the deep folds of his yellow clothing slashed with black in the light of the parao fires precisely as a knotted tree-trunk is slashed with the shadow of the long sun, addressed a tinsel and lacquered ruth which burned like a many-coloured jewel in the same uncertain light. The patterns on the gold-worked curtains ran up and down, melting and re-forming as the folds shook and quivered to the night wind…

  3. Glancing back in the twilight at the huge ridges behind him and the faint, thin line of the road whereby they had come, he would lay out, with a hillman’s generous breadth of vision, fresh marches for the morrow; or, halting in the neck of some uplifted pass that gave on Spiti…

Here are the sources of these extracts


Past Newsletters

 

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