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My Boy Jack?

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'Have you news of my boy Jack? '
Not this tide.
'When d'you think that he'll come back? '
Not with this wind blowing, and this tide.
'Has anyone else had word of him? '
Not this tide.
For what is sunk will hardly swim,
Not with this wind blowing and this tide.
'Oh, dear, what comfort can I find? '
None this tide,
Nor any tide,
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Monday, March 29, 2010
Topic(s) of this poem: war
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Michael Walker 31 July 2019
The mother asks questions about her son Jack, who is serving in a war (probably the First World War) , but she gets no definite answer, just 'Not this tide'. She asks if anyone else has heard news of Jack-'Not this tide'. Kipling's son, Jack must have been a brave man, who 'did not shame his kind'. His parents can be proud of Jack. The question-and-answer structure of the poem reminds me somewhat of 'Uphill', by Christina Rossetti.
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Clar isse 02 February 2013
Kipling wrote this after his son, Jack, went missing on a war. He was the one who pursued his son to join the war despite Jack's vision difficulties. Jack never came back.
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