The Gods of the Copybook Headings
"The Gods of the Copybook Headings" is a poem published by Rudyard Kipling in 1919, which, editor Andrew Rutherford said, contained "age-old, unfashionable wisdom" that Kipling saw as having been forgotten by society and replaced by "habits of wishful thinking."
The "copybook headings" to which the title refers were proverbs or maxims, extolling virtues such as honesty or fair dealing that were printed at the top of the pages of 19th-century British students' special notebook pages, called copybooks. The school-children had to write them by hand repeatedly down the page.
The work has been described as "beautifully captur[ing] the thinking of Schumpeter and Keynes." David Gilmour says that while topics of the work are the "usual subjects", the commentary "sound better in verse" while Alice Ramos says that they are "far removed from Horace's elegant succinctness" but do "make the same point with some force."
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- Full Text at kipling.org.uk
- The Gods of the Copybook Headings by Rudyard Kipling, 1865-1936 (includes a reading in MP3 format)
- Andrew Rutherford (ed.). "War Stories and Poems - Rudyard Kipling,". Retrieved 2012-12-11.
- John C. Bogle (2010-10-26). "Don't Count on It!: Reflections on Investment Illusions, Capitalism, "Mutual ...". Retrieved 2012-12-11.
- David Gilmour. "The Long Recessional: The Imperial Life of Rudyard Kipling". Retrieved 2012-12-11.
- Alice Ramos. "Beauty, Art, and the Polis". Retrieved 2012-12-11.
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