Presentation of the poem
Title: “The White Man’s Burden”
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Published in: The Times
Date of publication: 1899
Rudyard Kipling (1865-1935) was a British journalist, author, and Nobel Prize for Literature winner (1907). Born in India, Kipling received his education in England. A declared imperialist, Kipling wrote a lot about life in India and about the British Empire’s positive influence on the country. While Kipling’s views and work became controversial as the social and political climate began to change, he is, nonetheless, recognised as a literary innovator for his short stories and children’s literature. Among his most famous works are Plain Tales from the Hills (1888), The Jungle Book (1884), and Kim (1901).
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