Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

If - Poem by Rudyard Kipling

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,
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Comments about If by Rudyard Kipling

  • Veteran Poet - 1,197 Points Allotey Abossey (5/25/2015 10:10:00 AM)

    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt, i love this poem. God bless you (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 178 Points Purnima Manhas (5/24/2015 11:57:00 AM)

    This was part of my text books during schools.. I loved it then. And I love it today.. Difference is, I try to live it today..! ! !

    It's an uplifting, virtuous, and a thorough spiritual write.. For me, reading this will never be enuf

    Long Life Rudyard..! ! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,005 Points Naida Nepascua Supnet (5/19/2015 8:32:00 AM)

    There are a lot of ifs.... teachings of a father to his son
    and if those ifs are achieved and met- - - - Then your is the earth and everything that's in it
    and most of all you'll be a man my son

    very nice isn't it? ? (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,350 Points Michael Walker (5/2/2015 8:13:00 PM)

    Technically intricate-just a couple of long, periodic sentences, with the memorable climax' 'you'll be a man my son'. If some of these ideals seem unrealistic, the poem gives me a sense of pride in manhood; it boosts my self esteem. This is a refreshing change from the constant put-downs of men in the NZ media, usually inspired, I think, by men-hating feminists.
    'If' was the simple credo by which the late Harold Holt lived. It took the place of any religious belief for Mr. Holt. As an athlete and enthusiast of the movie 'Chariots of Fire', I like the phrase, ' With sixty seconds of distance run.' (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 611 Points Hiroshi Satow (5/1/2015 8:41:00 PM)

    Good poem. I'm encouraged! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 260 Points Rafique Farooqi (4/22/2015 6:44:00 AM)

    Never to give up............................and and let thin or thick part of your success. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 69 Points Azad Bongobasi (4/16/2015 1:52:00 AM)

    good filing (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,099 Points Patricia Grantham (3/20/2015 10:27:00 PM)

    A poem so filled with wisdom and imaginations. Keep your head up
    and it will remain above water. Enjoyed it. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,026 Points Rajnish Manga (3/16/2015 4:20:00 AM)

    If one is honest and follows the words in the poem diligently, he would not require any self help guide in life. I bow my head unto the poet and his immortal composition. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 91 Points Muhammad Sarim Ashrafi (2/24/2015 2:28:00 PM)

    One of my favourite poems.. Guys plz read my poems.. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 29,399 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (1/31/2015 9:04:00 AM)

    This is the one of the best poems that I myself understood and enjoyed much and in every word and sentence there is call for individual freedom and make ourselves better man. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 5 Points Barucn Atta (1/30/2015 2:29:00 PM)

    Compare IF to Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou. Like comparing substance to fluff. Reality to fantasy. A man's search for meaning, to a woman's self centered ego driven vanity. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 5 Points Barucn Atta (1/30/2015 2:28:00 PM)

    Compare IF to Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou. Like comparing substance to fluff. Reality to fantasy. A man's search for meaning, to a woman's self centered ego driven vanity. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 112 Points Nadia Robb (1/21/2015 9:56:00 AM)

    This poem is full of encouragement. Well executed and honest, this poem is one of the great ones! Told as if you are getting a final summary of the lessons his own life has revealed to him and what one could take from similar experiences. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 645 Points Sossi Khachadourian (1/6/2015 4:30:00 PM)

    Its one of my favorite poems, simply amazing I can read it thousands of times never get bored! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 554 Points James Fitzpatrick (1/1/2015 10:16:00 PM)

    He must have been bitter about the war and losing his son, yet he was still about to write to express how he felt he should feel. A hard thing to do, and although he was a colonialist he was still a historian in what he left in most of what he wrote.

    In whatever age you live this can still be classed a masterpiece.... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,678 Points Neela Nath (12/17/2014 11:17:00 PM)

    Lesson for life.I never get
    bored whenever I read this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 662 Points Nathan Beery (12/17/2014 9:01:00 PM)

    One of my favorite poems, beautifully written and meaningful. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 29,399 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (12/17/2014 8:38:00 AM)

    A great poem of Rudyard Kipling and it is marvelous in all respects. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 7,657 Points Eric Ericson (11/10/2014 6:42:00 PM)

    the longer I live the more I find this to be true (Report) Reply










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