What does stanza 5 reveal about the poem's, and likely Kipling's, point of view regarding the "white man's burden"?

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In the fifth stanza, as elsewhere in the poem, Kipling is trying to convince his American audience just how difficult the colonial project often is. As an Englishman, Kipling is speaking with the benefit of experience, as the British had been successfully running their empire for centuries. And one of the things that Kipling appears to have learned from the British experience is that colonialism is a...

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