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

  • Freshman - 598 Points Aaron Wambu (7/13/2015 2:34:00 PM)

    This is my favorite poem (Report) Reply

    2 person liked.
    3 person did not like.
  • Freshman - 768 Points Abegail Kyla Bilan (7/5/2015 8:57:00 AM)

    Tricky and naughty...
    The message goes with the thought (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,532 Points Tanya Stewart-boateng (7/2/2015 8:41:00 AM)

    A beautiful piece of art. Always loved this poem. It stirs the soul. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Rajul Sharma (6/30/2015 1:27:00 AM)

    I read this poem first time in my school text book and it became my all time favourite poem...
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run
    everytime i read this poem, everytime i wanna remove all the ifs from it (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,739 Points Melissa Patty (6/29/2015 5:42:00 PM)

    Powerful piece of writing 😃 (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 52,631 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/28/2015 8:50:00 PM)

    An impacting piece oif work by a superior craftsman...~FjR~ (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,110 Points Abdalla Juma Shenga (6/26/2015 9:42:00 AM)

    a nice poem so powerful (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 130 Points Ratri Mandal (6/14/2015 10:24:00 PM)

    I read this as a school student....A complex piece of work (in a positive way) . (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 6 Points Marjan H.f. Donkers (6/8/2015 9:38:00 AM)

    I love this poem; Remebering it from the bathroom of my father. Even as a woman I am inspired.
    Marjan Donkers (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 8 Points A Crowley (6/7/2015 3:43:00 PM)

    He is saying that if you can be a faultless person, the world will be yours. There's nothing worse than being a fool. Thinking you're above being a fool makes you a fool.

    Kipling is handing down advice. There are certain things that young people have to hear. Everyone needs the knowledge of someone that knows better. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,056 Points Phanice Wamukota (6/6/2015 5:25:00 AM)

    (smiling) ....Then pat my back because hey, I just confirmed I have become a man! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 368 Points Margarita Cortes (6/4/2015 2:15:00 PM)

    An uplifting poem, I love this piece! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 107 Points Ekta Sharma (6/2/2015 9:00:00 PM)

    This is a truly inspirational poem...every time i feel bad, reading this gives me a flowery relief... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,371 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

  • Rookie - 318 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 - 1,676 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 - 3,728 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 - 683 Points Hiroshi Satow (5/1/2015 8:41:00 PM)

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

  • Rookie - 364 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

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