The loyal reader of this blog knows the HTBS editor’s interest in poetry and rowing. Not a stone will be left unturned in his search for a combination of the two. Therefore, it is with great joy HTBS points you in the direction of the eminent blog Rowing Related, where our honourable colleague Bryan Kitch posted a video on Monday from rowingphotography.co.uk showing, in Bryan’s words, “fantastic ‘race faces,’ the roughest conditions, the most miserable mishaps, and devastating crabs ever caught on film.” The slideshow of these great photographs are presented with a marvellous reading of Rudyard Kipling’s “If”, one of the author’s most famous poems. “If” was written in 1895 and is still very popular, not the least as a parody, which confirms its status amongst the British people. Despite today’s scholars’ disapproval of Kipling’s celebration of British imperialism, he stands out as a magnificent author. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.
Watch and listen to Bryan’s blog post here.