Treasure Island

Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

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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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • * 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

  • Heeyoung Sohn (4/18/2014 2:36:00 AM)

    Every time when I feel that I have no control in my life, It raises me up, gives me the courage to move on and start again. (Report) Reply

  • City Blue (3/6/2014 2:00:00 AM)

    I love this poem, it almost compels you to want to be a better person. Tinged with sadness as it was read at my grandfather's funeral. (Report) Reply

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