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Rudyard Kipling

Date de naissance: 30. décembre 1865
Date de décès: 18. janvier 1936
Autres noms:ራድየርድ ክፕሊንግ,Джозеф Редьярд Киплинг

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Rudyard Kipling, né à Bombay, alors en Inde britannique, le 30 décembre 1865 et mort à Londres, le 18 janvier 1936, est un écrivain britannique.

Ses ouvrages pour la jeunesse ont connu dès leur parution un succès qui ne s'est jamais démenti, notamment Le Livre de la jungle , Le Second Livre de la jungle , Histoires comme ça , Puck, lutin de la colline . Il est également l'auteur du roman Kim , de poèmes et de nouvelles, dont L'Homme qui voulait être roi et le recueil Simples contes des collines . Il a été considéré comme un « innovateur dans l'art de la nouvelle », un précurseur de la science-fiction, et l'un des plus grands auteurs de la littérature de jeunesse. Son œuvre manifeste un talent pour la narration qui s'est exprimé dans des formes variées.

De la fin du XIXe siècle au milieu du XXe siècle, Kipling est resté l'un des auteurs les plus populaires de la langue anglaise. L'écrivain Henry James écrit à son sujet :

« Kipling me touche personnellement, comme l'homme de génie le plus complet que j'aie jamais connu. »

En 1907, il est le premier auteur de langue anglaise à recevoir le prix Nobel de littérature, et le plus jeune à l'avoir reçu . Par la suite, il a refusé d'être anobli.

Cependant, Kipling a été souvent considéré comme un « prophète de l'impérialisme britannique », selon l'expression de George Orwell. La controverse au sujet des préjugés et du militarisme qui seraient présents dans son œuvre a traversé tout le XXe siècle.

Selon le critique littéraire Douglas Kerr :

« Il reste un auteur qui inspire des réactions de rejet passionnées, et sa place dans l'histoire littéraire et culturelle est loin d'être solidement établie. Cependant, à l'heure où les empires européens sont en repli, il est reconnu comme un interprète incomparable, sinon controversé, de la manière dont l'empire était vécu. Cela, ajouté à son extraordinaire génie narratif, lui donne une force qu'on ne peut que reconnaître. »

Citations Rudyard Kipling

„He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.“

— Rudyard Kipling, Many Inventions
Context: When next he came to me he was drunk—royally drunk on many poets for the first time revealed to him. His pupils were dilated, his words tumbled over each other, and he wrapped himself in quotations—as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of emperors. [http://www.telelib.com/authors/K/KiplingRudyard/prose/ManyInventions/fineststory.html The Finest Story in the World] (1893).

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„As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market-Place.“

— Rudyard Kipling
Context: As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race, I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market-Place. Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall, And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all. The Gods of the Copybook Headings, Stanza 1 (1919).

„I could not dig: I dared not rob:
Therefore I lied to please the mob.“

— Rudyard Kipling
Context: I could not dig: I dared not rob: Therefore I lied to please the mob. Now all my lies are proved untrue And I must face the men I slew. What tale shall serve me here among Mine angry and defrauded young? A Dead Statesman

„If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son!“

— Rudyard Kipling
Context: If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son! Stanza 4.

„No easy hope or lies
Shall bring us to our goal,
But iron sacrifice
Of body, will, and soul.“

— Rudyard Kipling
Context: No easy hope or lies Shall bring us to our goal, But iron sacrifice Of body, will, and soul. There is but one task for all— One life for each to give. What stands if Freedom fall? Who dies if England live? For All We Have and Are, Stanza 4.

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„There be triple ways to take, of the eagle or the snake,
Or the way of a man with a maid“

— Rudyard Kipling
Context: There be triple ways to take, of the eagle or the snake, Or the way of a man with a maid; But the fairest way to me is a ship's upon the sea In the heel of the North-East Trade. [http://whitewolf.newcastle.edu.au/words/authors/K/KiplingRudyard/verse/volumeXI/longtrail.html The Long Trail], Stanza 5.

„If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch“

— Rudyard Kipling
Context: If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch, If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds' worth of distance run, Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it, And—which is more—you'll be a Man, my son! Stanza 4.

„There are nine and sixty ways of constructing tribal lays,
And every single one of them is right!“

— Rudyard Kipling
Context: But my Totem saw the shame; from his ridgepole shrine he came, And he told me in a vision of the night:— There are nine and sixty ways of constructing tribal lays, And every single one of them is right! In the Neolithic Age, Stanza 5 (1895).

„Be humble, as you crawl beneath our rods!—
Our touch can alter all created things,
We are everything on earth—except The Gods!“

— Rudyard Kipling
Context: But remember, please, the Law by which we live, We are not built to comprehend a lie, We can neither love nor pity nor forgive, If you make a slip in handling us you die! We are greater than the Peoples or the Kings— Be humble, as you crawl beneath our rods!— Our touch can alter all created things, We are everything on earth—except The Gods! The Secret of the Machines, Stanza 7.

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„Now this is the Law of the Jungle—as old and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.“

— Rudyard Kipling
Context: p>Now this is the Law of the Jungle—as old and as true as the sky; And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the Wolf that shall break it must die.As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk, the Law runneth forward and back; For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.</p The Law of the Jungle, Stanzas 1 and 2.

„Fiction is Truth's elder sister.“

— Rudyard Kipling
Context: Fiction is Truth's elder sister. Obviously. No one in the world knew what truth was till some one had told a story. "Fiction", speech to the Royal Society of Literature, June 1926; published in Writings on Writing: Rudyard Kipling (1996), ed. Sandra Kemp and Lisa Lewis, [http://books.google.com/books?id=-AQStA5QMjwC&q=%22elder+sister%22&pg=PA80 p. 80]

„Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat;“

— Rudyard Kipling
Context: Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat; But there is neither East nor West, border, nor breed, nor birth, When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth! The Ballad of East and West (1889).

„We are not built to comprehend a lie,
We can neither love nor pity nor forgive,
If you make a slip in handling us you die!“

— Rudyard Kipling
Context: But remember, please, the Law by which we live, We are not built to comprehend a lie, We can neither love nor pity nor forgive, If you make a slip in handling us you die! We are greater than the Peoples or the Kings— Be humble, as you crawl beneath our rods!— Our touch can alter all created things, We are everything on earth—except The Gods! The Secret of the Machines, Stanza 7.

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