Rudyard Kipling: “The White Man's Burden”


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“The White Man's Burden” is significant in its depiction of both the colonized and the colonizer. The poem is addressed to a colonizing nation. In the first stanza, Kipling calls on his audience to “Take up the White Man's burden— / Send forth the best ye breed— / Go bind your sons to exile.” He thus frames the colonizing nation as one making a great sacrifice and the colonial troops as being the best of the nation, being sent “to serve your captives'...