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Steyn's Sunday Poem: Recessional by Rudyard Kipling

Mark Steyn Club members can enjoy much of our content in whatever form they wish - video, audio or text. For the audio version of this second of our Sunday poems, simply click above. If you prefer the print version, here's the transcript. This is a poem I think about a lot. And I wish I thought about it more a decade and a half back in the heady rush of those first post 9/11 military victories in Afghanistan and Iraq before they curdled into the slow bleed of thankless occupation, when a leathery gap toothed old fella from what was it, Najaf? Newly liberated from Saddam Hussein was asked what America meant to him and beaming he responded, "Democracy, whiskey, sexy." A decade after the fall of the Soviet Union America was the hyper power in ...

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Steyn's Sunday Poem: Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold

Mark Steyn Club members can enjoy much of our content in whatever form they wish - video, audio or text. For the audio version of this first of our Sunday poems, simply click above. If you prefer the print version, here's the transcript: Matthew Arnold published "Dover Beach" 150 years ago, in 1867, but he supposedly began it in 1851 in Dover on his honeymoon. It is a great poem. It was at one time, I don't know whether it still is or not, and I dread to think what might have supplanted it, but it was at one time the most anthologized poem in the English language. It's mentioned in a lot of other books too, including in one of mine, America Alone, and also in Ray Bradbury's brilliant novella set in a world where books are burned, ...

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