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If…

December 27, 2005

This is the most realistic and idealistic poem…and one of the most brilliant compostions i’ve come across.

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 all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath 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!

–Rudyard Kipling

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. Kini permalink
    December 27, 2005 6:16 PM

    aah “If” an ol’ favourite of mine it is… very very father-son conversation like…sounds exactly like something me dad would say to me over a coffee…

    speaking of which, on my blog you said… coffee with 4 spoons of decaf… now thats fine… but to keep you awake, decaf? aint gonna work!

    *reclines and sips his coffee… black*

  2. December 27, 2005 6:22 PM

    decaf won’t work yea…but tatz all i got at home…and black coffee…nay!! not my cuppa!! 😀

  3. Anand permalink
    December 28, 2005 10:51 PM

    yeah I agree… IF is a poem mugged by-heart… and that’s not ONLY for recitation competition 😉

    Oh, how’d you know Kini btw?

  4. Kini permalink
    December 30, 2005 3:16 AM

    sympathies? madame, i’d like you to elaborate… considering that its 3am my powers of comprehension are rather limited!

  5. Velocity permalink
    May 3, 2006 5:03 PM

    IF- a poem included in the poetry section of AP Board’s Intermediate second year english Textbook!!!

  6. May 3, 2006 9:26 PM

    @velocity:
    nice to see u’ve read my archives!! 😀

  7. Velocity permalink
    May 3, 2006 9:30 PM

    Well,so I’ve. 🙂

  8. Velocity permalink
    May 5, 2006 9:28 PM

    On second thoughts, why don’t you give my blog a visit? 😀

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