Spartan Stories - Rudyard Kipling - The Jungle Book
||The Jungle Book is a collection of short story adventure masterpieces. The best-known of these stories are the first three revolving around the adventures of an abandoned 'man cub' Mowgli who is raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. The most famous of the other stories are probably "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", the story of a heroic mongoose, "Toomai of the Elephants", the tale of a young elephant-handler and Kotick, The White Seal seeking for his people a haven where they would be safe from hunters.
||The Jungle Book, The First Jungle Book, The Jungle Book 1, The 1st Jungle Book
||Mowgli, The Jungle Book
||Adventure stories, Savage, India, Jungle, Creatures
||Short Stories Collection, Novel, Mid Length Novel
1. Mowgli's Brothers, 2. Hunting-Song of the Seeonee Pack, 3. Kaa's Hunting, 4. Road-Song of the Bandar-Log, 5. "Tiger! Tiger!", 6. Mowgli's Song, 7. The Sounding of the Call, 8. Lukannon, 9. "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", 10. Darzee's Chant, 11. Toomai of the Elephants, 12. Shiv and the Grasshopper, 13. Her Majesty's Servants, 14. Parade Song of the Camp Animals
The Jungle Book
Each even-numbered chapter is a poem related to the preceding chapter's story.
This is the great deep-sea song that all the St. Paul seals sing when they are heading back to their beaches in the summer. It is a sort of very sad seal National Anthem.
I met my mates in the morning (and, oh, but I am old!)
Where roaring on the ledges the summer ground-swell rolled;
I heard them lift the chorus that drowned the breakers' song-
The Beaches of Lukannon-two million voices strong.
The song of pleasant stations beside the salt lagoons,
The song of blowing squadrons that shuffled down the dunes,
The song of midnight dances that churned the sea to flame-
The Beaches of Lukannon-before the sealers came!
I met my mates in the morning (I'll never meet them more!);
They came and went in legions that darkened all the shore.
And o'er the foam-flecked offing as far as voice could reach
We hailed the landing-parties and we sang them up the beach.
The Beaches of Lukannon-the winter wheat so tall-
The dripping, crinkled lichens, and the sea-fog drenching all!
The platforms of our playground, all shining smooth and worn!
The Beaches of Lukannon-the home where we were born!
I met my mates in the morning, a broken, scattered band.
Men shoot us in the water and club us on the land;
Men drive us to the Salt House like silly sheep and tame,
And still we sing Lukannon-before the sealers came.
Wheel down, wheel down to southward; oh, Gooverooska, go!
Previous Chapter: 7. The Sounding of the Call
And tell the Deep-Sea Viceroys the story of our woe;
Ere, empty as the shark's egg the tempest flings ashore,
The Beaches of Lukannon shall know their sons no more!
/ Next Chapter: 9. "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"
Chapters: 1. Mowgli's Brothers
, 2. Hunting-Song of the Seeonee Pack
, 3. Kaa's Hunting
, 4. Road-Song of the Bandar-Log
, 5. "Tiger! Tiger!"
, 6. Mowgli's Song
, 7. The Sounding of the Call
, 8. Lukannon
, 9. "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"
, 10. Darzee's Chant
, 11. Toomai of the Elephants
, 12. Shiv and the Grasshopper
, 13. Her Majesty's Servants
, 14. Parade Song of the Camp Animals
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