A Song in Storm

(notes by Alastair Wilson)


Kipling wrote a series of articles about the Royal Navy, for the Daily Telegraph in November/December 1915, later published as The Fringes of the Fleet. Each was headed by a poem.

The poem

The fifth article is preceded by a poem of three verses. In the Definitive Edition it is entitled “A Song in Storm”, sub-headed ‘1914-18’, and with two additional verses.

The message of the three verses is, ‘No matter what the weather brings, we must continue to do our duty.’


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