If poem by Rudyard Kipling

If poem by Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling

If poem was written by British Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling in 1895, and first published in Rewards and Fairies in 1910. Joseph Rudyard Kipling (30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936) was a short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story.

He was one of the most popular writers in England in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If poem by Rudyard Kipling is very inspirational and motivational.

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.

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  1. One of my favorite Kipling poems. Thank you for posting this one. Too many people seem to think he only wrote the Jungle Book and leave it at that, but his talent is so much deeper. And if they really read The Jungle Book, they would see the underlying meaning in that also.

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  2. I love this poem. I had to memorize it in Junior High. I still remember much of it and only now try to live it.

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  3. This is a precious gem worth holding close. To think, that 15 years passed before it was published for all to see, gives additional perspective young and aspiring writers.

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  4. I love and hate this at the same time.
    Great inspiration and reminder of what a beautiful human being should be like… but every time I read it I notice that even if I fixed one thing, I’m losing perspective on another and so on…it’s constant struggle to better yourself.

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  5. My mum found an old Rudyard Kipling poetry book in a second hand book shop last year – she loves it!

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    1. 🙂 i also buy many books from second hand book shops, they are great 🙂 One can find old editions of books there 🙂

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  6. What a great, rich, deep and impressive poem. I like what Design Diagram said – this could be tacked on a wall, and focused on; we could put our whole aim here and we would still have a moving target of self-betterment. Wonderful to contemplate and strive toward. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. Thank you for visiting my blog today and showing me a path to yours too. I love Kipling’s If. We learnt the whole poem in primary school when the meaning and the words memorised didn’t transcend the message to our young minds. Today, in adult life it is a favourite, a memory, a challenge and a comfort. Thank you for showing me the way back to this.

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  8. So good. Haven’t read anything “grown up” by Kipling. Thank you for sharing 🙂

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  9. I went to his house and it was absolute tranquility…plus I love this reminder <3

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      1. thankyou….Looked up when R.K wrote the poem ‘If’ …it was about about a year before his son was born, then he also wrote about him in ‘My boy Jack’

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  10. Wow. Got to take stock of which of those to focus on next. Thanks.

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  11. This poem is my favourite. I find it enlightening. Thanks for uploading.

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