4umi Rudyard Kipling : The Gods of the Copybook Headings

The Gods of the Copybook Headings

A recitation by John Derbyshire:
Published October 1919.
A copybook was an exercise book for practicing one's handwriting in, used in Britain and America up until the Second World War. The pages were blank except for horizontal rulings and a printed example of perfectly clean handwriting near the top, the copybook heading, that served as a specimen to copy all down the page. These headings often contained the tried and tested sayings and rules of conduct which the poem reminds of.
Aldous Huxley's dystopic novel had yet to be written, so the allusion to a brave new world must come directly from Shakespeare.
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