Rudyard Kipling – If

So I thought I’d do a poem of the week, it may well drop to poem of the fortnight because that gives me more time to be lazy.  Now, I know next to nothing about poetry, apart from studying a Wilfred Owen poem about the war when I was at school, and comparing it with some other poem that I can’t remember anything about at all, except that it was about the war…Anyhoo…I’m going to start with Rudyard Kipling and IF, a poem that I’m sure was voted the nations favourite a little while ago…

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!

(I’m assuming I’m not breaching any copyright by doing this, If I am then I apologise, I’m not meaning to, just want to share the poetry.  Will obviously take it down if thats the case)

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3 thoughts on “Rudyard Kipling – If

  1. Thanks for posting this. It’s one of my favorite poems. Kipling wrote some great ones. One of the things about copyright is whether the poem was published before 1923 or not. One source says it was published in 1910. I’ve put “Gunga Din” on my blog and also “Mandalay” http://thebardonthehill.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/mandalay-by-rudyard-kipling/ In that poem, I just love the line “where the flying fishes play and the dawn comes up like thunder out of China cross the bay”. 🙂

    1. Thanks for the comment. I’m want to get more into poetry and this part of my blog is part of that..
      I’m going to check out your blog as well, I enjoyed Mandalay that you posted and want to check out your Haiku as well, I don’t fully understand the form of it but it does make a pleasurable read 🙂

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