This week's quiz: Rudyard Kipling
drobert at TINCAN.TINCAN.ORG
Tue Mar 9 07:38:14 UTC 1999
('I don't know if I like Kipling,' as the old joke goes, 'but I'd very
much like to try some day.')
S'doaks was the son of Yelth the wise --
Chief of the Raven clan.
Itswoot the Bear had him in care
To make him a medicine-man.
He was quick and quicker to learn --
Bold and bolder to dare:
He danced the dread Kloo-Kwallie Dance
To tickle Itswoot the Bear!
--Kipling, "Oregon Legend"
This week's quiz is: How many of the non-English words in this poem can
you identify and explain to the group?
A tip of the hat to the _Journal of the Oregon Historical Society_, volume
36, number 4, December 1935, pages 384 and 385, and especially to Lewis A.
For more on Kipling in the Northwest, please see, for example, "From Sea
to Sea; Letters of Travel" (The Works of Rudyard Kipling, volume 2);
published in New York by Doubleday and McClure Company, 1899. His
subsequent conversation with Mark Twain is naturally priceless.
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