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The white man's burdens : an anthology of British poetry of the Empire.

Brooks, Chris. & Peter Faulkner (eds.)

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ISBN 10: 0859894509 / ISBN 13: 9780859894500
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Exeter , Devon : University of Exeter Press, 1996. Paperback. xviii, 387 p. ; 21 cm. Condition : very good. ISBN 9780859894500 [KEYWORDS: LITERARY CRITICISM, Buchnummer des Verkäufers 246412

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In 1898, notoriously, Kipling urged the imperialist nations to 'Take up the White Man's Burden' the following year, in Satan Absolved, Wilfrid Scawen Blunt angrily replied, 'The White Man's Burden, Lord, is the burden of his cash'. Such ideological conflicts - and a whole range of intermediate positions - feature in much of the poetry British writers produced about the British Empire over the four centuries of its rise and fall. The discourses of postcolonialism have drawn attention to the major and continuing significance of the cultural products of the period of Western imperialism. But, so far, they have concentrated largely upon fiction and upon the writings and experiences of those parts of the world that were subject to colonialism and imperialist oppression. For the first time, The White Man's Burdens offers a cross-section of British poetry in which the Empire was the burden of the song. The material, much of it previously uncollected, is drawn from a broad cultural spectrum that includes narrative poetry, heroic verse, patriotic ballads, music hall monologues, and poems from Punch. A substantial Introduction sets the poems in the context of the economic, political, and ideological development of British imperial rule, and headnotes historicize the poems themselves, which are presented chronologically - from George Chapman's 'De Guiana: Carmen Epicum' of 1596 to Fred D'Aguiar's 'At the Grave of the Unknown African' of 1993. The result is a poetic summary of the changing attitudes of an imperialist nation to its own imperialism, attitudes which range from jingoism and racism, through religious idealism and liberal anxiety, to outright disgust at the whole enterprise.

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It is recognized, this text puts forward, that Western imperialism, of which the British Empire was a major part, played a crucial role in forming the modern world. The best-known literary works on the subject are the novels such as Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe", Rider Haggard's "She" and "King Solomon's Mines", Kipling's "Kim", Forster's "A Passage to India" and Orwell's "Burmese Days". This anthology offers the contribution of poetry in the formation of attitudes to the Empire from 1598 to the late 20th century. The poems themselves reveal how ideas about Empire came to be developed from Elizabethan adventurism, through the 17th and 18th centuries' cult of commerce (in which the slave trade played a part) to High Victorian Imperialism, and beyond into our own period of the end of the Empire. This anthology offers a range of poetry published in Britain from 1598 onwards which has dealt with the British Empire. The poems are drawn from a cultural range, over a period of more than 350 years and include conventional poetry, popular poetry, hymns and ballads.

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