Study Guide

The White Man's Burden Calling Card

By Rudyard Kipling

Calling Card

Manly Imperialism

Kipling has been called "The Poet of the Empire," and this poem went a long way toward cementing that legacy. While he also wrote children's stories, his legacy is defined by his arguments supporting the man's work of spreading the white European way of life around the world. You can read more of the same in poems like "If," "Gunga Din," or his Barrack Room Ballads.