Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

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If


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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  • Gold Star - 10,467 Points Mandolyn ... (10/28/2014 6:01:00 PM)

    the opening two lines read so off-kilter - i'm surprised he got away with that.
    language was more proper back then.
    i must remind myself of this,
    as i do admire
    this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,353 Points Kay Staley (10/28/2014 9:21:00 AM)

    There is no doubt why this is a classic although I wish it had a dark side that contrasted what would happen if you didn't do the things that the author suggests. Then the reader may be more motivated to follow the advice. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,827 Points Savita Tyagi (10/28/2014 7:06:00 AM)

    A poem of sound advise and wisdom. These are the rules an individual needs to live by. A life long training in virtue. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 683 Points John Richter (10/20/2014 7:58:00 AM)

    Every line in this poem rings so true, even in todays world. Kipling outlined all of life's turmoil and successes, and did it in a most personal way. I think he'll be added to my favorite poets list.... I find this to be an exceptionally well written poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 322 Points Chris Howie (10/11/2014 8:49:00 PM)

    I wish my dad would write a poem to me, at all, let alone one this fantastic. Great stuff. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 823 Points Sagnik Chakraborty (10/5/2014 2:32:00 AM)

    Kipling's 'If' is the most translated English poem of all time. The poem goes deep into the stoic philosophy and serves as an enduring piece of inspiration.

    'If you can fill the unforgiving minute/ With sixty seconds' worth of distance run, ': the mood of the entire poem couldn't have been better summed up. Indeed, no minute that goes by ever comes back, but if that minute is well lived and well spent, there should be no regrets. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Michael Taylor (9/8/2014 12:10:00 PM)

    Obviously, an inspirational poem. I like to memorize it using the following method. I first identify any patterns. I noted that it is ' a-b-a-b' for 8 quatrains or 32 lines. I managed to find an image for each quatrain. Then I rehearse and write out each quatrain on a flash card. I attempt to recall each image with each quatrain. I write them out until I remember a train of 8 images and the corresponding 8 quatrains. I learn to recall the train of images and quatrains through repetition. It is a pretty good memory technique. Then I like to sit quietly and slowly remember the poem, line by line, with my eyes closed, sitting on a chair in a quiet room. It is a simple way to meditate on inspirational writing. (Report) Reply

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