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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!

Short Poem Analysis

"If" by Rudyard Kipling is a poem that explores the virtues and attributes necessary for success and fulfillment in life. The poem is written in the form of advice from a father to his son, offering guidance on how to navigate life's challenges with strength and resilience. The poem emphasizes the importance of self-discipline, perseverance, and the ability to take risks and face adversity with courage and determination. The repeated refrain of "If you can..." throughout the poem serves as a reminder of the high standards and expectations that the speaker holds for his son, while also inspiring readers to strive for their own personal growth and development. Ultimately, the poem encourages readers to believe in themselves and their own abilities, even in the face of daunting obstacles and setbacks.

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