Today marks the 80th anniversary of Rudyard Kipling’s death. I know his work more by reputation than by reading but nevertheless was still touched by an article on the BBC website (here) regarding the finding of his son’s grave.
John Kipling went missing in action at the Battle of Loos. His body was never found. In a sense, it still hasn’t, but a researcher believe that a body buried in an unnamed location matches the account of John’s last movements and so is likely to be his.
Reading the article inspired me to look up some of Kipling’s poems on the web. I found the following at the Poetry Foundation.
For All We Have And Are is full of patriotic fervour.
For all we have and are,For all our children’s fate,Stand up and take the war.The Hun is at the gate!…
There is but one task for all—One life for each to give.What stands if Freedom fall?Who dies if England live?
“This is the State above the Law.The State exists for the State alone.”
“There is neither Evil nor Good in life.Except as the needs of the State ordain.”