In line with Romantic tradition, it is customary to think of the poet as standing aloof from society; to think that, no matter how much society honours the poet, the poet himself must blaze a unique artistic and moral trail, under no obligation but to his own integrity. Kipling, by contrast, thought of himself in almost tribal terms, and of the poets activity as vital to the communitys well-being. He wrote at his best when addressing a broad public about matters of general interest, and with a consciousness of being able to influence the course of events. He was about as far from being a pure poet as Isambard Kingdom Brunel was from being a pure architect. When Kipling first began to publish his poetry, the tribal service he performed was that of helping maintain a sense of solidarity and shared experience among the Anglo-Indians with whom he identified (e.g. no 11 Distress in the Himalyas and no. 19 Liberavi Animam Meam).