"So what do you think of Kipling?"
'I don't know, I've never kippled."
Kipling was a racist imperialist who justified colonialism. What more might be said of his content?
As for form, it's still nevertheless meningful to ask what such- and- such poet accomplished in the way of asking the Spinozan question of poetry, 'What can words do?'
In other words, does Kipling's use of language make us see the world any differently than before?
Obviously not. He's a cheep takeoff on Browning, and without his sense of humaor and irony, as well.
His rhyming coupets are trite, high-skool stuff, meant only to impress said high-skoolerrs to take up the cause, and join the army!
But of the fuzzy-wuzzies, beware--
They broke the hollow square!
See how easy it is--i can kipple, too!
Actually he was down on the Imperialism of his nation. He degraded those who put their faith in "reeking tube and shard".
He knew at some level the game was up for British Imperialism.