This study guide will help you analyze the poem “The Real White Man's Burden” by Ernest Howard Crosby. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on composition, characters and narrator, language and style, rhythm and rhyme, imagery and metaphors, theme and message.
Presentation of the poem
- Title: “The Real White Man's Burden”
- Author: Ernest Howard Crosby
- Published in: "Swords and Plowshares" (book)
- Date of Publication: 1902
- Genre: Poem
American writer Ernest Howard Crosby is known mostly for his activities as a pacifist. He was against violence and war and a declared anti-imperialist. “The Real White Man's Burden” was written as a reaction to Rudyard Kipling’s poem “The White Man's Burden” which praises the empire as a civilizing force.
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