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If

Rudyard Kipling

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If
2005-11-17
Added by: Yi-Wei L.
Although I find the argument that this poem is a guideline of personal growth valid, there seems to be more to Kipling's message than a mere enumeration of rules. I have two points [cents] I would like to contribute to your enjoyment of the poem.

First off, this poem needs to be analyzed in its entirety rather than its individual lines or even stanzas. More than anything else, Kipling seems to be depicting a hero--one with all these admirable traits but more importantly, a visceral belief in himself. A Howard Roark, if you will. Rather than telling us to strive to achieve each and every one of these aspirations, Kipling seems to conveying the intrinsic self-confidence of a hero from which all these qualities stem.

As a side note: To the naysayers of this poem, I will concede that it is idealistic, to say the least. But such idealism is characteristic of all things great--poems, novels, and any other forms of literature. Imperfection is mundane, attainable, neglectable. It is only through the constant and unremitting pursuit of perfection can one truly gain excellence. But that is beside my point.

Secondly, there seems to be a distinct barrier between the "Man" here described and the world that surrounds him. Assuming that we believe in the existence of such a hero, his heroism is not at all attributable to anyone else but himself. If anything, the world around him is violently contrasted with the hero's qualities. With each and every description of the hero, Kipling protrays a sin or evil that seems to be intrinsic in the world. I will not go into details here, but note that every single quality the hero exhibits--or should exhibit--seems to correspond with an existing vice that is present in society. Thus Kipling's "Man" could very well be a foil character that is reflecting the ills of the world as well as serving as an symbol of perfection. Again this reminds me of the fictional character Howard Roark from Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead," whose struggle against the evils of the world is essentially captured and manifested in the spirit of this poem.

Thank you for considering my words.
expression
2006-03-02
Added by: Angelica Washington
This poem really expresses what it truly means to go threw the process or become an adult. Kipling is talking to us young adults dweling in thepast of our former teenage years. Wanting to say we are gorwn ,but act as if we are five . helping us to understand if we cannot complete these simple tihngs such as trust in our shevels when others doubt us we cannot possibly be adult. We mine as well get some bibs and a high chiars and be kids. And i say that in all seriousness. please excuase my spelling .
My opinion about poem "IF"
2006-04-29
Added by: Cynthia Rivers
In my personal opinion this poem is quite confusing but realistic. Life is all about this feeling of how much we wish life was different, but the truth is, this is life and despite of all we wish for we have to accept it, the way it is and learn from it. The surviving skills we learn from life could be a disappointment or a triumph. The way you see it is up to you. But after all if you deal with it being positive, not letting anyone frustrate you regardless of what happen and not rushing your feelings with angriness and disillusion, you will be successful. So is good to accept and let go and just take it easy.

“Don’t Criticized Life Accepted It, Love It, On The Way Just Take It Easy. Live the Live You Love, Love the Live You Live”
repitition of if
2006-06-17
Added by: Thomas
The repetition of if keeps the pace of the poem steady and gives the impression of a calm and relaxed attitude. The steady pace of the poem exemplifies the fact that Kipling is sensible and wise. This emphasizes the challenges faced by his son. The calm attitude of Kipling created by the repetition of if makes us see that Kipling is trying to help his son and makes him appear kind. This allows us to understand the challenges faced by his son. This gives the reader the notion that Kipling is sensible and that all of the ideas he gave his son were correct.
inspire
2006-07-02
Added by: sam
i feel that kipling is trying to inspire the young generation of boys. in doing this the world could become better. he may not be describing a man, because a man is only human. he describes something saintley, and by doing this, and calling it a mear man, makes boys think that they should strive to do these things to be a simple man, not a saint. if he were to say this peom to bacome a saint, noboby would bother, as a sinat is too great, but all boys want to be men.
this poem has inspired me, but i can only hope it will inspire others. i feel the world does not have enough inspiration, and without inspiration no one want to be brilliant.

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