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Kipling’s Myths of Love and Death by Nora Crook

By Nora Crook

An illustrated dialogue of the English writer Rudyard Kipling (1867-1936) and of a few of his works. Kipling used to be presented the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907 and used to be writer of "The Jungle ebook" and "Kim". Nora criminal is co-author of "Shelley's Venomed Melody".

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Nay, if you consider it what is Man himself, and his whole terrestrial Life, but an emblem; a Clothing or visible Garment for that divine ME of his, cast hither, like a light-particle down from Heaven? Thus is he said also to be clothed with a Body. Language is called the Garment of Thought; however, it should rather be, Language is the Flesh-Garment, the Body, of Thought. I said that Imagination wove this Flesh-Garment; and does she not? Metaphors are her stuff: examine Language; what, if you expect some few primitive elements (of natural sound), what is it all but Metaphors ....

The flurry caused some years ago by Robert Persig' s cult book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was a feeble shadow in comparison. The tripartite Sartor Resartus' s central figure is a man with two sides to his head, the German Professor Diogenes Teufelsdrockh Aunt Judy, Ruskin, Carlyle 35 ('God-born Devil's dung' or 'Heavenly asafoetida' - a purge24 ) and whose scattered papers the narrator claims to be editing. After the mock-digressive manner of Swift's A Tale of a Tub, Teufelsdrockh's early struggles and disappointment in love (a disguised account of Carlyle's experiences) unfold.

29 This certainly applies to 'The Disturber of Traffic', where the reader may regard Challong either as a hallucination or as a supernatural being, and, I would argue, to a number of Kipling stories not normally regarded as straddling the real-unreal boundary. At least it is still not generally recognised that in 'The Man Who Would Be King' Peachey's account of the mission can be read as a delusion which a fevered journalist's imagination has conjured up from an actual encounter, with Dravot' s head having the same kind of reality as Poe's Raven and the same kind of function - to depart 'nevermore' from the narrator's consciousness.

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