Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

A Code Of Morals - Poem by Rudyard Kipling

Now Jones had left his new-wed bride to keep his house in order,
And hied away to the Hurrum Hills above the Afghan border,
To sit on a rock with a heliograph; but ere he left he taught
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Comments about A Code Of Morals by Rudyard Kipling

  • Kevin Straw (6/5/2009 5:29:00 AM)


    This joke is laboured and simply does not work. A heliograph was a way of sending morse by flashing light. I cannot believe a heliographer (a private soldier) would send such a message libelling (?) his General, which could be seen by everyone. This poem is a little joke which K has set among the military in India at the time of the Raj, nothing more or less - it could have been a misdialled telephone call in a city office. (Report) Reply

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  • (6/5/2009 2:53:00 AM)


    Kipling understood the region and the fighting spirits. The poem gives dire warning of underestimating the Afghan. people. Other poems of Kipling bring this forth also. One in remembrance is, 'they send there women out at nights to finish the job with knives'. His warning of calling the general 'DEAR' brings out the attitude of his comprehensions of the situation. Kipling again, understood the people. (Report) Reply

  • (6/5/2008 10:25:00 AM)


    Well said Mr Pruchnicki.

    Everyone seems to be so judgemental.

    Wouldn't it just be better if we just enjoyed the poetry and accept that it is our right to express whatever we want. We aren't here to be liked, simply to be. Of course somethings we like others we don't, that's good, but my God, please just accept each other as valid human beings and try to empathise once in a while.

    Ps, Mr Kipling made exceedingly good cakes! (joke) lol.
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  • (6/5/2004 5:30:00 PM)


    Reads well, still, but jingoism is outdated in 2004. (Report) Reply

  • (6/5/2004 5:28:00 PM)


    It still reads well, but is not Kipling's jingoism rather dated in 204? (Report) Reply



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