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The Two-Sided Man Analysis



Author: Poetry of Rudyard Kipling Type: Poetry Views: 673

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Much I owe to the Lands that grew--

More to the Lives that fed--

But most to Allah Who gave me two

Separate sides to my head.



Much I reflect on the Good and the True

In the Faiths beneath the sun,

But most to Allah Who gave me two

Sides to my head, not one.



Wesley's following, Calvin's flock,

White or yellow or bronze,

Shaman, Ju-ju or Angekok,

Minister, Mukamuk, Bonze--



Here is a health, my brothers, to you,

However your prayers are said,

And praised be Allah Who gave me two

Separate sides to my head!



I would go without shirt or shoe,

Friend, tobacco or bread,

Sooner than lose for a minute the two

Separate sides of my head!





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My opinion is a simpler explanation of the poem - Rudyard Kipling is commenting on his upbringing in India and education in England -- his heritage has the richness of two countries and two cultures.

| Posted on 2014-07-11 | by a guest


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My opinion is a simpler explanation of the poem - Rudyard Kipling is commenting on his upbringing in India and education in England -- his heritage has the richness of two countries and two cultures.

| Posted on 2014-07-11 | by a guest


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My opinion is a simpler explanation of the poem - Rudyard Kipling is commenting on his upbringing in India and education in England -- his heritage has the richness of two countries and two cultures.

| Posted on 2014-07-11 | by a guest


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The theme of the poem is the inherent duplicity, or some might say fragmentation, of human nature, and how this allows for a rich and fulfilling exploration of life and the world.
The language drwas connentations to modern talk of the different functons of the left and right side of the brain, and how they comlete eachother.
The two first verses introduces this by focusing on two very different, but equally real and essential parts of the world we live in: The physical and pragmatic aspect of survival: The land and the people who tend it. The second one deals with the abstract values that make life enjoyable on spiritual or psychological level, conceptions of good. At the same time he points out that there are many ways of dealing with these aspects, and goes on to, in the next verse, to point out the diveserty in the people of the planet. This is put in a very positive light in the continual focus on praizing of the different views (the two sides of the head) and the entire fourth verse, dedicated to a toast to all people and diversity.
This might be seen as a bit uncarracteristic by the man who wrote \"the white mans burden\", and I choose to see this duplicity in Kipling as a real world illustration of the timeless relevance of this poem.
The direct value of this twosidedness is never explained, but in drawing possitive assosiations between diversity, different aspects of reality he tries to give us a glimpse of what is maybe the essential key to our survival in both body and spirit. Our ability to be different people, adapt and accept different suroundings and situations. There is something of everyone in all of us. And this is key to life, as illustrated in the very last verse.

| Posted on 2011-08-08 | by a guest


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This poem was really difficult to understand at first but after i read it about 3 times i got into it and i felt like i could keep on reading it. I love the way rudyard has used all rhyming words in most lines i feel that the rhyming emphasises the poem. it was very interestin to read and i put my mind to it and found i really liked the poem i find it great how Rudyard expresses himself over poems.i hope there are more poets like rudyards over the years of my life as i feel reading poems keeps me together.

| Posted on 2005-11-13 | by Approved Guest




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