"It's Pretty, But Is It Art?"
Context: In "The Conundrum of the Workshops," Kipling asks the meaning of art and to what standard a work should be subjected to reach the lofty goal of being art. He extols the virtue of the ability to create without fearing the comments of critics. In more innocent times, the artist worked for the satisfaction that he derived from his work; now he has become self-conscious because of art criticism.
When the flicker of London sun falls faint on theclub-room's green and gold,The sons of Adam sit them down and scratch withtheir pens in the mould–They scratch with their pens in the mould of theirgraves, and the ink and the anguish startFor the Devil mutters behind the leaves: "It'spretty, but is it Art?"