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! However, the person whom the speaker addresses must not behave like a saint taking all the injustices lying down. Indeed, there is a story about Newton that the papers containing his theories were destroyed in fire, and he wrote them again from the beginning. Family Friend Poems has made every effort to respect copyright laws with respect to the poems posted here. At 17, he went straight to work. The speaker asks his reader, faced with an onerous task, to have confidence in his own abilities, and never waver, nor falter.
He asks us to treat those deceivers similarly, with a smiling face. He worked in India for seven years from 1882 to 1889, and the influence of his time in the east can be seen in many of his works. One person not be given importance or shown affection at the expense of someone else. He again hit a low when he became embroiled in a fight with his brother-in-law, which landed both in court and in local papers, forcing his move back to England. However, as the poem progresses the emotion of the poem becomes happier and more inspirational. At the top of its pages is a copybook heading, such as a short proverb, and the rest of the page is blank except for horizontal rulings. The last word of every other line in the poem rhyme with each other e.
The poem ends on a particularly high note, which Kipling emphasizes with his use of an exclamation point. I have known a certain amount of bullying, but this was calculated torture-religious as well as scientific. Due to the strong message the poem conveys and great craftsmanship, I really enjoyed this poem. If you are given a minute, make sure you use all sixty seconds of it. In other words, we must make enough room in our heads for opposing ideas from others if they seem legit. Rudyard Kipling was born on December 30, 1865, in Bombay, India.
The poem If does not have a conspicuous physical setting. This poem was written in 1890, a year after he had returned to England. Read it aloud, so that you can better hear the rhythms and sounds the poet creates. And what is more, We would be a complete and perfect human being. It was a part of British India at the time. .
During his school years, Kipling had a very difficult at boarding school. If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you, If all men count with you, but none too much; We should build ourselves strong enough, mentally and physically, so that neither enemies nor loving friends can hurt us. In fact, the author opened the poem giving an idea about challenges of life: The first three lines give an idea how life can sometimes be difficult and how men can turn their back on each other during trying times. They were drawn from Jameson's character, and contained counsels of perfection most easy to give. The second is that you should believe in yourself, even when everyone doubts you.
After that period he was transferred to a school in Devon where he shone, becoming the editor of the school paper and embarking on his path as a writer, becoming a major success. Lastly, the poem circles back to staying positive and true to oneself. Point to me what is racist here and I might accept the actions of the university students of Manchester! He was a gifted writer and a huge celebrity, and has provided us with countless writings that will continue to be enjoyed by future generations. In other words, we should always remain truthful. Perhaps he uses this word to showcase the fleeting nature of both: success never stays, nor does disaster. Despite his political incorrectness, he should be considered a talented and remarkable author based solely on his literary creativity.
After a test she would reward us by reading a Sherlock Holmes story. Kipling himself spent a lot of time in British India. Kipling gave much too English literature and wrote poetry, short stories, and novels1. Syntax: T he syntax of the poem is organized in a way that a reader could understand. It consists of five stanzas with rhyming lines. GradeSaver, 28 April 2013 Web. At 17, he went straight to work.
Now I'm 65 years old. It instead argued against jingoism; warned about the impermanent nature of all empires; and emphasized that worldly accomplishments were nothing in comparison to the eternal nature of God. This is yet another aspect of our mental toughness that we need to possess. The speaker asks his reader to remain unruffled while confronting a certain painful period. At age sixteen he returned to India and remained there until 1890.
The common touch would help us realize the reality and feel the needs of the society. The first one deals with how to treat others, regardless of their station in life. The speaker asks his reader to be immune to taunts and diatribes. They are loud and coarse, full of insults and threats. The regular rhythm of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable is quite calming and reassuring.