In course of the thirty two lines of the poem, Kipling advocates the virtues of composure, patience, integrity, modesty, control, perseverance, tolerance determination, confidence — for a few to cite. It's everyone's life with the ups and downs. Instead we must understand the temporary nature of the ups and downs in life and go about our business in a steadfast, unaffected fashion. Third Stanza 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; We should be able to accumulate all we have and take a risk in one turn of the game of pitch-and-toss. Some of the virtues and qualities forwarded in the poem might seem lofty and even impossible to attain but there is no denying the fact that they are the crux of what humanity can offer best.
Each stanza has a set rhyme scheme of ababcdcd, with the exception of the first stanza, which has the following rhyme scheme: aaaabcbc. The three most common poetic devices that are presented in this poem are repetition, personification, and alliteration. Thank you God for giving us Rudyard Kipling. Once more the second two lines are used to speak of the men who sent the soldiers to this place, the generals, politicians, and would-be leaders of Britain. You'll get it one day. The meter and rhyme scheme of the poem together impart the form of the poem with a semblance of order which goes well with the moral lessons of rightfulness which are to be gathered from the poem.
This poem is written by Rudyard Kipling. Upon achieving success or failure the poet advocates the rightful stance of not letting any of these promotions or set-backs influencing us. He asks us to treat those deceivers similarly, with a smiling face. The last line of the poem directly refers to the son, which makes it sound far more personal than it was at the beginning. GradeSaver, 28 April 2013 Web. He moved to America and continued writing, publishing The Jungle Books together with much else. If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim; We should be able to think over a matter, but should not make the thoughts our aim.
This should be a poem the children need to learn in school because it's educational and full of purpose. Thus, Kipling explores the meaning of individual freedom and that the use of individual freedom should not be an excuse to cover up ones weariness. It tugs at the strings of not just the heart but also the mind because nothing that it says seems irrational in spite of being difficult to achieve. Tell the truth, believe the truth, and behave truthfully, not matter what those around you do. I agree there is nothing racist in this poem.
In the fourth stanza the speaker changes his pattern. Kipling gives voice to these aggrieved soldiers and tries to shame his countrymen for the way they treat those who have made it possible for them to go on living in comfort. It is very hard to get back on your feet after life has beaten you into the ground. The next part refers to taking risks and being able to overcome a bad result. Meaning, there are other important goals in life that are needed to be achieved.
This is not the case with If since Kipling, by virtue of his brilliant poetic craftsmanship has managed to make his moralizing not only deeply motivating but also very poignant. There are a number of real life examples where people missed big opportunities only by losing their patience. The poem has been very rightfully penned in iambic pentameter by Kipling as this imparts the poem with a sense of balance and order which is in sync with the virtues of meaningful living which the poem prescribes. The soldier narrating the poem explains that he admires the Fuzzy-Wuzzies for their fighting skill and would be happy to encounter them again. The common touch would help us realize the reality and feel the needs of the society. We should not forget that Kipling wrote this poem for his son, as it is addressed in the very last line.
Personification is when a non human thing is given human qualities; there are three examples of personification here. The poem also says to have confidence in your actions and to not allow anyone to say that you cannot do it. Meaning to try and put an effort in constantly; even when feeling exhausted. Kipling was very realistic and clear in his words, and everyone can learn something from it. Servants flitting around at their beck and call. Kipling himself suffered bullying growing up and was often punished by his parents.
I was inspired to deal with life on life's terms however they are thrown at me. In all things he must hold on to his strength of character, morals, and to his values, yet he must not look too good or wise. While these poems are not wholly free from tinges of racism, they are still notable for their more accepting and open-minded view of different races. No one is perfect and people learn from their missteps. Upon achieving success or failure the poet advocates the rightful stance of not letting any of these promotions or set-backs influencing us. He would finish a number of other collections before returning to England in 1889 to further pursue his writing career. The whole poem is written in a single complex sentence.