What is the author's view of imperialism ? Thats one of the questions I was asked to answer about the poem The White Mans Burden.

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To the author of this poem, imperialism is a very difficult task that white people are called on to undertake.  Imperialism forces them to work hard to help other people (wait in heavy harness on fluttered folk and wild).  It forces them to do this even though the people will...

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To the author of this poem, imperialism is a very difficult task that white people are called on to undertake.  Imperialism forces them to work hard to help other people (wait in heavy harness on fluttered folk and wild).  It forces them to do this even though the people will still hate them and will not appreciate what they do.

So imperialism is a difficult duty.  White people have to go out and civilize the world because that is the white man's burden.  It is sort of like being a parent -- not always easy, not always appreciated, but it's your duty.

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