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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,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If 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;

If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;
If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!

Comments about If by Rudyard Kipling

  • Freshman - 534 Points The Poet Poet (12/1/2015 7:35:00 PM)

    If only I had to compose
    IF again
    this time I would say
    only (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,427 Points Thomas Case (11/30/2015 8:52:00 AM)

    Phenomanal....great poem......His advice to mankind or his son isstellar (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 390 Points Stephen Loomes (11/30/2015 7:17:00 AM)

    Stirring stuff, articulated no doubt with the stiff upper lip of the times in which this celebrated writer wrote, however applying those abjurations to one's life, would, in reality be a road to disappointment, rather than possession of the earth.; these are the aspirations to be a superman, not a man. It is interesting to look at his rhyming scheme at the end of each line, and so consider Rudyard sitting there at his page putting this Empiric anthem together. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Life

  1. 1. If , Rudyard Kipling
  2. 2. Preface To A Twenty Volume Suicide Note , Imamu Amiri Baraka
  3. 3. Still I Rise , Maya Angelou
  4. 4. Out, Out , Robert Frost
  5. 5. Changing Everything , Jane Hirshfield
  6. 6. Sunflower Sutra , Allen Ginsberg
  7. 7. Barter , Sara Teasdale
  8. 8. The Road Not Taken , Robert Frost
  9. 9. The Windhover , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  10. 10. Mid-Term Break , Seamus Heaney
  11. 11. Self-Portrait At 28 , David Berman
  12. 12. If Thou Of Fortune Be Bereft , John Greenleaf Whittier
  13. 13. When You Are Old , William Butler Yeats
  14. 14. The Guest House , Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
  15. 15. Where The Sidewalk Ends , Shel Silverstein
  16. 16. A Pity. We Were Such A Good Invention , Yehuda Amichai
  17. 17. Gitanjali , Rabindranath Tagore
  18. 18. Bishop Blougram's Apology , Robert Browning
  19. 19. A Tapestry For Life , Heather Burns
  20. 20. Too Much Of A Good Thing , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  21. 21. Life , Chaotic Life aka Curly Mer
  22. 22. Life Life Life Life Life Life Life Life .. , Abdul Wahab
  23. 23. A Drink , Mark R Slaughter
  24. 24. Slaughter Of The Innocent , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  25. 25. Beowulf , Charles Baudelaire
  26. 26. Life, It's Precious! , Clarence Prince
  27. 27. Life , tom Le Guilcher
  28. 28. This Is My Life , RIC S. BASTASA
  29. 29. What Life Is! , Abdul Wahab
  30. 30. A New Beginning , Heather Burns
  31. 31. I Am Not A God , tanya gupta
  32. 32. Ripples Of Life As I Perceive! ! , Geetha Jayakumar
  33. 33. Release , Mark R Slaughter
  34. 34. Life , meg nicole
  35. 35. Obiit Mdcccxxxiii (Entire) , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  36. 36. Alcoholic , Mark R Slaughter
  37. 37. The Time Of Shoddy , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  38. 38. Make It Life , jasmine shipp
  39. 39. All Paths Lead To You , Kat Mercado
  40. 40. Life To Me , anees akbar
  41. 41. Yesterdays Sorrow , Heather Burns
  42. 42. Super Nova (A Star Is Born) , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  43. 43. Life Is Full Of Wonders , lizzie davis
  44. 44. Life , merna ibrahim
  45. 45. Smoker , Mark R Slaughter
  46. 46. Yin/Yang , Heather Burns
  47. 47. Sonnet: The Wisdom Of Earthly Life , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  48. 48. Life , Cory Calder
  49. 49. Life Is A Challenge , gurjas singh narula
  50. 50. A Pulitzer Prize , Udiah (witness to Yah)
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