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! It was created as an educational model, offering instruction on the virtues and characteristics of a model public figure. The chart would have to start on a high point: his birth in India to a loving set of parents. At the start of the poem stanza 1 the emotion is generally quite sad and more depressing then the rest of the poem. This is an outstanding poem. My son is now 11 and has this poem framed above his bed to serve as a reminder of the things I want for him and the admirable characteristics a person with integrity has. What was to become South Africa was divided into two British colonies the Cape Colony and Natal and two Boer republics the Orange Free State and Transvaal. Life's battles don't go the stronger man but the person who wins is the one who thinks he can.
He moved to America and continued writing, publishing The Jungle Books together with much else. Back in Britain, British Colonial Secretary Joseph Chamberlain, father of future Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, had encouraged Rhodes's plan. But he was not just the shallow imperialist that his critics tried to make him appear. 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. An avowed proponent of British involvement in World War One, he encouraged his son John to enlist. This structure could be implemented to make the poem more interesting. His first five years in England were scarred by the terrible abuse he endured there from his foster mother.
Both poems explore the concept of childhood, they both speak from the perspective of an older one, one who was expericened it first hand. His only son was killed in World War I. My son is a poet. It's the poem's way of making the nuts and bolts of poetry rhyme, meter display the poem's message—nifty. Thank you God for giving us Rudyard Kipling. In any case, the reader should not dwell too much on either triumph or disaster because they will soon disappear.
In the words of the poet he illustrates the following remarks such as, if you can deal both sides of triumph and disaster, if you can handle when other people twist your truth into despicable lies, or for that matter, if, you can turn the things from dead to alive again; before moving onto the latter part of the poem still not giving a concluding remark. Kipling uses alliteration throughout his poem to emphasise key points. Finally comes the achievement that we can get if we fulfill all the conditions mentioned so far. You may have encountered it already in your literary travels, but if you haven't here's a quick run-down: A line of iambic pentameter consists of ten syllables, divided into five groups or. Moreover, there goes a number of proverbs. I think Kipling made the poem organised by arranging it into accurate parts to express becoming a man as a stage when your filthy habits are discarded and replaced with the habit of being prim and proper.
Moreover, we should develop healthy relationship with everyone around us, and should not allow anyone to harm us. 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:. A great will power if one has kept in mind that has strength and trust of Divine power then no other person's doubt can affect such will power to lead ahead. Kipling writes, If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim, Here, Kipling urges his reader to dream and think, but to not get so caught up in dreams and thoughts that the reader loses his grasp on reality. Kipling gained renown throughout the world as a poet and storyteller.
It is somewhat ironic that Kipling wrote a poem about what it takes to be a virtuous man: he was an imperialist who was all for the colonization of the British Empire. Jameson was arrested and tried, but he was already being hailed a hero by London, which was filled with anti-Boer sentiment. He felt it was the perfect advice for a son born at the end of the last world war, who could not know what triumphs and disasters lay ahead. We will fulfill any request from copyright holders to have any particular poem removed from our website. Typical of his spirit, Jameson was not broken by his imprisonment. To do that, we have to talk briefly about the poem's.
He wrote sketches and verses which at first were used as fillers for unused editorial space. I was a good soldier in Vietnam where I came to understand what it means to have brothers in arms. Every other line of the poem rhymes with each other e. We should be able to talk with common mass without losing our virtue or moral values. Ink Monkey Press ® Prints and Posters The care Sherrie takes in creating the work is matched with the care she takes in matting and framing. I am so truly grateful to my Father for this timeless tool.
This extra cash has changed my life in so many ways, thank you! Even others may try to prove us wrong at any cost, leading to an unhealthy competition. In a poem that is partly about how life throws you curve balls, the first stanza actually makes sense. Kipling composed many of his poems while living for several years in the United States in the mid-1890s. Talking in crowd still you have to keep your virtue in enlighten mood. Jameson never revealed the extent of the British Government's support for the raid. Right, I see nothing racist here in the slightest. His famous poem, , written in 1897 in honor of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, contains a strong warning to the British not to exploit other races.
Family Friend Poems has made every effort to respect copyright laws with respect to the poems posted here. A minute is filled with sixty seconds. In the second stanza, the poet talks about dreaming but not letting those dreams cloud your reason, mentions thinking and simultaneously taking action. He originally wrote it as advice to his son, and many people consider it good advice today. In the 1890s, he developed a great interest in folk legends and animal myths. While the poem is addressed to Kipling's son John, it was inspired by a great friend of his, Leander Starr Jameson, the Scots-born colonial politician and adventurer responsible for what has been deemed the Jameson raid that led to the Second Boer War.
The poem is directly addressed to the reader, in an attempt to open their eyes into believing in themselves. The poet wanted to show his son the right way to be a future leader. If we accept obstacles in life, I think we are getting tougher and tougher, and it says at the end of the poem, yours is the earth and everything that's in it. The first stanza wastes no time in setting up the if-then scenario. I'm 68 years old now, and I lost it all.