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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  • Rookie - 374 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 - 227 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 - 632 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

  • Rookie - 48 Points Maddy Zoe (5/28/2014 2:52:00 PM)

    This poem he wrote for his son... It is one of the most wonderful poem written by a father to his son... [3 it! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 19 Points Goldheart Bird (4/30/2014 4:51:00 PM)

    Wow, my sis told me to read it, I love this one! It's one of Kipling's best poems ever! :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 98 Points Nathan Coppedge (4/28/2014 12:22:00 PM)

    It reminds me vaguely of my poem, God-in-the-Box. Where I am not as convincing, I am also more of an idealist. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 98 Points Joseph Sanchez (4/28/2014 11:42:00 AM)

    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; (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,404 Points * Sunprincess * (4/27/2014 12:03:00 AM)

    .......an amazing poem....and if you do all these miraculous things you will truly be a man of greatness....and one any woman would truly be fortunate to claim as her own... (Report) Reply

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