Japanese legends, Kipling Year, Poetry, Rudyard Kipling, The Coastwise Lights, The Deep-Sea Cables
Kipling wrote a good deal of poems in which the narrating “I” or “we” belongs to inanimate objects. Ships, places, pieces of equipment, mechanical parts… They come to life to describe the joys and strains of their “jobs”, history as seen through their “eyes”.
Whenever I read one of these poems, I can’t help thinking of those Japanese legends where an object takes on some sort of life by long association with and use by human beings… A concept I’ve always found highly poetic.
I wonder if Kipling knew of this legends… Continue reading