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Author: Poetry of Rudyard Kipling Type: Poetry Views: 13983





If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too:

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,

Or being hated don't give way to hating,

And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;



If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;

If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same:.

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;



If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings,

And never breathe a word about your loss:

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"



If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much:

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,

Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,

And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!





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I have been a student of poetry since the age of two (2). There exist a number of fascinating, thought-provoking and inspirational poems penned by extraordinary poets.
In my humble opinion, no poem can encompass the human experience, its difficulty, challenges and hurdles like "If," by Rudyard Kipling.
I have no idea from what the person writing, "Don't read..." could possibly be coming. I try not to be judgmental, so if that individual might elaborate on their concern, I believe that might be helpful to us all.

| Posted on 2014-01-11 | by a guest


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Actually behind every poem of any poets there have a something like a story influenced and forced the poet to write it ...
Also i really appreciate Rudyard Kipling. Today we studied this poet and i actually interested in too much.
22/10/2013 Tuesday - Iraq-Soran- me3mal Bibsi :)

| Posted on 2013-10-22 | by a guest


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too many ifs. There is no limitation for human's ability. One can do whatever he wishes without having those limitations. The power we have by nature is powerful. Don't underestimate yourself by the limitations others have set up for you.

| Posted on 2013-10-15 | by a guest


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This is, without a doubt, Kipling's most beloved poem, and, along with "The White Man's Burden", his most famous. Although T.S. Eliot would deem it only "great verse" and others "jingoistic nonsense," it is consistently ranked among the highest, if not the highest itself, of Britons' favorite poems. It was first published in the "Brother Square-Toes" chapter of Rewards and Fairies, a 1910 collection of verse and short stories.
While the poem is addressed to Kipling's son John, it was inspired by a great friend of his, Leander Starr Jameson, the Scots-born colonial politician and adventurer responsible for what has been deemed the Jameson raid that led to the Second Boer War. The raid was intended to start an uprising among the British expatriate workers in the South African Republic, but there were complications and it was a failure. Jameson was arrested and tried, but he was already being hailed a hero by London, which was filled with anti-Boer sentiment. He served only fifteen months in prison and later became Prime Minister of Cape Colony back in South Africa. It appears that Kipling had met Jameson and befriended him through Cecil Rhodes, the Prime Minister of Cape Colony at the time of the raid.
In his autobiography Something of Myself, Kipling wrote of Jameson and "If-": "Among the verses in Rewards was one set called `If-', which escaped from the book, and for a while ran about the world. They were drawn from Jameson's character, and contained counsels of perfection most easy to give. Once started, the mechanization of the age made them snowball themselves in a way that startled me. Schools, and places where they teach, took them for the suffering Young - which did me no good with the Young when I met them later. (`Why did you write that stuff? I've had to write it out twice as an impot.').They were printed as cards to hang up in offices and bedrooms; illuminated text-wise and anthologized to weariness. Twenty-seven of the Nations of the Earth translated them into their seven-and-twenty tongues, and printed them on every sort of fabric."
"If-" contains a multitude of characteristics deemed essential to the ideal man. They almost all express stoicism and reserve – the classic British "stiff upper lip." In particular, a man must be humble, patient, rational, truthful, dependable, and persevering. His behavior in response to deleterious events and cruel men is important; he must continue to have faith in himself when others doubt him, he must understand that his words might be twisted and used for evil, he must be able to deal with the highest and lowest echelons of society, and he must be able to withstand the lies and hatred emanating from others. This group of ideal characteristics is similar to those expressed in "The Thousandth Man", another poem dealing with manhood.
The virtues expressed in "If-" are devoid of showiness or glamour; it is notable that Kipling says nothing of heroic deeds or great wealth or fame. For him the true measure of a man is his humility and his stoicism. Kipling's biographer, Andrew Lycett, considers the poem one of the writer's finest and notes in 2009 that "If-" is absolutely valuable even in the complicated postmodern world: "In these straitened times, the old-fashioned virtues of fortitude, responsibilities and resolution, as articulated in 'If-', become ever more important."

| Posted on 2013-08-15 | by a guest


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This poem is beautiful, it is a father telling his son that being a man doesn\'t come naturally. it may for some, but if you want something so much then you have to work for it to become yours.

| Posted on 2013-02-28 | by a guest


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This poem is beautiful, it is a father telling his son that being a man doesn\'t come naturally. it may for some, but if you want something so much then you have to work for it to become yours.

| Posted on 2013-02-28 | by a guest


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It is about a man called Dr Leander Starr Jameson. Please, get it right.

| Posted on 2013-02-18 | by a guest


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This is poem is a masterpiece of literature and parenting. It teaches the young that the strength in living as an honorable human being is about (1) finding the BALANCE between pride and humility; what you think and what you do; revenge and forgiveness and persevering despite the toughest obstacles and failures.

| Posted on 2012-12-05 | by a guest


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The real meaning behind this poem\"
All of the traits that this poem describes is what every person should strive for and virtually no one can ever truly achieve. If you do achieve all of this, \"you will be a Man, my son!\"
Notice \"Man\" has a capital \"M\" in the poem.hence, if you actually posses all of these traits, you must be a God (when Man referes to god, it is capitalized).that is the the true meaning of the poem.

| Posted on 2012-07-24 | by a guest


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I fluked my way to this swirling sum of knowledge that I immediately want to instill in my three young kids. Thank you for being able to capture this feeling I will have again after reading it again. I\'m glad others feel this is time tested as I immediately thought it might be. It is great for sporty people - perhaps those that dislike it were ready to give up already. I especially liked the word \"imposter\" as it\'s a better ride down the middle but experiences both a lot.

| Posted on 2012-02-24 | by a guest


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Why is there a capital \'M\' for man in the last line?

| Posted on 2012-02-13 | by a guest


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An awesome poem...the writer{WILLIAM BLAKE}gives a lesson to all the readers through a father telling his son

| Posted on 2011-12-18 | by a guest


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Kipling advices his son from this poem about honesty,patieence and fortifudes of characters..
the poem was written in 1895..

| Posted on 2011-12-16 | by a guest


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this is a didctic poem with lotssss of commands which a fatehr out of luv gives to his son. he wants his son to learn 4m d xperience of his father n knw dat lyf is nt easy. u need to strive 4 perfection to get d least of d luxuries. a nyc poem to read, ndrstnd, learn 4m, n inculcate the mentioned qualities in our life 2 bcum a MAN/WOMAN in d true sense of term.!

| Posted on 2011-12-09 | by a guest


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Rudyard kipling created a solution to life\'s problem in his clever piece IF written to his son with tender care,he offers a variety of commonsensical advice that is practical which stands the test of time.

| Posted on 2011-12-01 | by a guest


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I really liked it but i HATE THE ONE THAT CAN\'T!

| Posted on 2011-11-24 | by a guest


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DONT READ THIS !!!I KNOW THIS IS VERY SCARY BUT ITS TRUE !! NOW YOU HAVE STARTED READING !!! IF YOU POST THIS COMMENT ON FIVE OTHER SITES AND PRESS f4 YOUR CRUSH\'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN CAPITAL LETTERS!!!! BELIEVE ME IT WORKS!!!!

| Posted on 2011-11-19 | by a guest


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DONT READ THIS !!!I KNOW THIS IS VERY SCARY BUT ITS TRUE !! NOW YOU HAVE STARTED READING !!! IF YOU POST THIS COMMENT ON FIVE OTHER SITES AND PRESS f4 YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN CAPITAL LETTERS!!!! BELIEVE ME IT WORKS!!!!

| Posted on 2011-11-05 | by a guest


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DONT READ THIS !!!I KNOW THIS IS VERY SCARY BUT ITS TRUE !! NOW YOU HAVE STARTED READING !!! IF YOU POST THIS COMMENT ON FIVE OTHER SITES AND PRESS f4 YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN CAPITAL LETTERS!!!! BELIEVE ME IT WORKS!!!!

| Posted on 2011-10-18 | by a guest


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The best poem i have read so far.It is universal to all human beings.

| Posted on 2011-10-10 | by a guest


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what type of peom is this ex sonnet , lyric or ..?

| Posted on 2011-10-04 | by a guest


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I had the pleasure of reading that \"The foolish man worries he knows not of others, whilst the wise man worries he knows not himself\" & I believe this poem to confirm the previously mentioned belief.

| Posted on 2011-09-28 | by a guest


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who ever is doing that stupid dont read this crap is an idiot get a life

| Posted on 2011-09-13 | by a guest


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who ever is doing that stupid dont read this crap is an idiot get a life

| Posted on 2011-09-13 | by a guest


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DONT READ THIS !!!I KNOW THIS IS VERY SCARY BUT ITS TRUE !! NOW YOU HAVE STARTED READING !!! IF YOU POST THIS COMMENT ON FIVE OTHER SITES AND PRESS f4 YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN CAPITAL LETTERS!!!! BELIEVE ME IT WORKS!!!!

| Posted on 2011-07-31 | by a guest


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tis poem is a really motivational poem..
i ws overwhelmed reading dis...
every1 shud once in their lifetime shud read \"if\"..
by shubhi dixit..
mount carmel college..

| Posted on 2011-07-02 | by a guest


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DONT READ THIS !!!I KNOW THIS IS VERY SCARY BUT ITS TRUE !! NOW YOU HAVE STARTED READING !!! IF YOU POST THIS COMMENT ON FIVE OTHER SITES AND PRESS f4 YOUR CRUSH\'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN CAPITAL LETTERS!!!! BELIEVE ME IT WORKS!!!!

| Posted on 2011-06-12 | by a guest


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DONT READ THIS !!!I KNOW THIS IS VERY SCARY BUT ITS TRUE !! NOW YOU HAVE STARTED READING !!! IF YOU POST THIS COMMENT ON FIVE OTHER SITES AND PRESS f4 YOUR CRUSH\'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN CAPITAL LETTERS!!!! BELIEVE ME IT WORKS!!!!

| Posted on 2011-05-15 | by a guest


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DONT READ THIS !!!I KNOW THIS IS VERY SCARY BUT ITS TRUE !! NOW YOU HAVE STARTED READING !!! IF YOU POST THIS COMMENT ON FIVE OTHER SITES AND PRESS f4 YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN CAPITAL LETTERS!!!! BELIEVE ME IT WORKS!!!!

| Posted on 2011-04-26 | by a guest


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this is what so called a bindass poem..its ambrosial , adorable n just waooo.cya..
byeee
annu..

| Posted on 2011-04-24 | by a guest


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Look for a poem for an English project and I was looking for a remarkable piece of poetry. I found it.

| Posted on 2011-04-19 | by a guest


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DONT READ THIS !!!I KNOW THIS IS VERY SCARY BUT ITS TRUE !! NOW YOU HAVE STARTED READING !!! IF YOU POST THIS COMMENT ON FIVE OTHER SITES AND PRESS f4 YOUR CRUSH\'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN CAPITAL LETTERS!!!! BELIEVE ME IT WORKS!!!!

| Posted on 2011-04-10 | by a guest


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DONT READ THIS !!!I KNOW THIS IS VERY SCARY BUT ITS TRUE !! NOW YOU HAVE STARTED READING !!! IF YOU POST THIS COMMENT ON FIVE OTHER SITES AND PRESS f4 YOUR CRUSH\'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN CAPITAL LETTERS!!!! BELIEVE ME IT WORKS!!!!

| Posted on 2011-03-28 | by a guest


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this is not a poem, this is a master piece. filling lucky to read it, just can\'t stop reading and reading, and every time understandig more and more

| Posted on 2011-03-18 | by a guest


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DONT READ THIS !!!I KNOW THIS IS VERY SCARY BUT ITS TRUE !! NOW YOU HAVE STARTED READING !!! IF YOU POST THIS COMMENT ON FIVE OTHER SITES AND PRESS f4 YOUR CRUSH'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN CAPITAL LETTERS!!!! BELIEVE ME IT WORKS!!!!

| Posted on 2011-03-10 | by a guest


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The poem is very true but i serously don,t understand the last stanza

| Posted on 2011-02-28 | by a guest


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If is a didactic poem that had given roots to paradox.Rudyard tried to give a picture of a theme has a reverberated throughout the poem.He penned about righteousness, work ethics, detachment and a balanced life.He had chalked out this piece to all the people addressing them as his son to make the advice spic and span.His contradictory extremes is the central theme of the poem.
vinutna

| Posted on 2011-02-28 | by a guest


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It is an encouraging poem .In this poem a father gives a set of moral advices to his son. Whom he tells that if he can follow them he will be a man The father speaks in a didactic way.

| Posted on 2011-02-26 | by a guest


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Not a good poem for people who don\'t understand poems.

| Posted on 2011-02-23 | by a guest


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DONT READ THIS !!!I KNOW THIS IS VERY SCARY BUT ITS TRUE !! NOW YOU HAVE STARTED READING !!! IF YOU POST THIS COMMENT ON FIVE OTHER SITES AND PRESS f4 YOUR CRUSH\'S NAME WILL APPEAR IN CAPITAL LETTERS!!!! BELIEVE ME IT WORKS!!!!

| Posted on 2011-02-12 | by a guest




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