R416 Winter 2019 Poet of the Empire: The Life and Work of Rudyard Kipling
Tuesdays, 2:15–3:40, Jan. 22–Jan. 29
Instructor: Jim Dunphy
Rudyard Kipling has been called “The Poet of the Empire.” He was raised in Imperial India, and many of his stories and poems reflect this upbringing. He is also famous for providing voice to Tommy Atkins, the common soldier of Victorian England. He is, in the 21st century, a highly controversial figure based on the racism and imperialism that flows through his work. In this class, we will look at his life and work, reviewing his stories and novels and reading from some of his most famous poems.
Jim Dunphy has taught a number of classes at OLLI. As a child in Brooklyn, NY, he was brought up not only on the music of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and Leadbelly, but on the poems of Barrack-Room Ballads.