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The Wage-Slaves Analysis



Author: Poetry of Rudyard Kipling Type: Poetry Views: 321

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Oh, glorious are the guarded heights

Where guardian souls abide--

Self-exiled from our gross delights--

Above, beyond, outside:

An ampler arc their spirit swings--

Commands a juster view--

We have their word for all these things,

No doubt their words are true.



Yet we, the bond slaves of our day,

Whom dirt and danger press--

Co-heirs of insolence,delay,

And leagued unfaithfulness--

Such is our need must seek indeed

And, having found, engage

The men who merely do the work

For which they draw the wage.



From forge and farm and mine and bench,

Deck, altar, outpost lone--

Mill, school, battalion, counter, trench,

Rail, senate, sheepfold, throne--

Creation's cry goes up on high

From age to cheated age:

"Send us the men who do the work

"For which they draw the wage!"



Words cannot help nor wit achieve,

Nor e'en the all-gifted fool,

Too weak to enter, bide, or leave

The lists he cannot rule.

Beneath the sun we count on none

Our evil to assuage,

Except the men that do the work

For which they draw the wage.



When through the Gates of Stress and Strain

Comes forth the vast Event--

The simple, sheer, sufficing, sane

Result of labour spent--

They that have wrought the end unthought

Be neither saint nor sage,

But only men who did the work

For which they drew the wage.



Wherefore to these the Fates shall bend

(And all old idle things )

Werefore on these shall Power attend

Beyond the grip of kings:

Each in his place, by right, not grace,

Shall rule his heritage--

The men who simply do the work

For which they draw the wage.



Not such as scorn the loitering street,

Or waste, to earth its praise,

Their noontide's unreturning heat

About their morning ways;

But such as dower each mortgaged hour

Alike with clean courage--

Even the men who do the work

For which they draw the wage--

Men, like to Gods, that do the work

For which they draw the wage--

Begin-continue-close that work

For which they draw the wage!





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Sarcasm by Kipling against these proud and detached wage slaves who are removed from our delights. They claim to be wage slaves, making "true" representatiions on our behalf to The Times.
Yet we, the real wage slaves engaged in the dirty and dangerous work, know of the insolence, delay and unfaithfulness of the employers. There is a need for the real wage slaves who do the work to be heard.
Kipling provides a list of occupation that mimicks The Time's report which caused his ire. He issues a rallying call everyone including those who were cheated by The Times. "Send us the men who did the work, instead of the 'fake' work slaves!"
For these overpaid and fake work-slaves, they do not represent the listed occupations, no matter what they say or think. We can only count on real work-slaves who do the work to represent ourselves.
These real workslaves engage in the cycle of life, through completing their work through labour. These real workslaves don't claim to be holy saints nor all-knowing sages but simple men who did the work.
So compelling are the workslaves that the Fates and Power will have to bend and attend to them. They earn their place, by right and not grace, clearly contrasting it against the fake workslaves that voiced their detached views on The Times.
Not such as scorn the loitering street,
Or waste, to earth its praise,
Their noontide's unreturning heat
About their morning ways;
But such as dower each mortgaged hour
Alike with clean courage--
Even the men who do the work
For which they draw the wage--
Men, like to Gods, that do the work
For which they draw the wage--
Begin-continue-close that work
For which they draw the wage!
Real workslaves do not partakes in scorning their brethren, nor would they try to earn praises. They will not engage in immaterial things but simply do their work honestly. For it is through this that men are in their likeness to gods!
Interpreted by J.C.

| Posted on 2010-01-11 | by a guest




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