George Orwell once described Rudyard Kipling as a “jingo imperalist,” and indeed, Kipling and his work have often been in the shadow of his politics. Recently, scholar Thomas Pinney discovered fifty unknown poems by Kipling as he was rummaging through family papers. The article, which includes snippets of his poetry, can be found here at The Guardian.
The discovery helps us remember that the narrative of history can never really be fully complete. It will be interesting to see how these new finds will prompt scholars to reevaluate both Kipling’s writing and his position in literary history.