Kipling If Poem Meaning

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The poem is an aclamation to British stoicism and masculine rectitude. It consist of advice from a parent to child since, It is written in an edifying and moralizing tone of an older man offering his personal wisdom to a younger boy. The poem contains an agglomeration of characteristics and atributes regarded as essential to the ideal man.Above all things he expects his son to be a true leader.

Kipling's "If" is written in a strong rythmic pulse, iambic pentameter. We can speculate about its effect, however. The rythm scheme AB AB CD CD appears to start with two ryming couplets.By using this rhyme code Kipling produces a catchy rhythm. This keeps the reader into the flow of the poem, and keeps them engaged. It is divided into four
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This stanza also, advises the speaker tells the reader about the importance of self-confidence , on trusting “yourself when all men doubt you” , kipling urges his son to develop a state of being emotionally distanced, stoicest or indifferent , towards “lies”.If passed down through enough people, the truth (whether intentionally or not) will eventually become obscured or altered.

This stanza focuses on overcoming obstacles that can obstruct our progress through life. The author represents his definition of a strong personality by suggesting his son that emotions shouldn’t make his reason blind. “Triumph and Disaster” are an ilusion , portrayed as “impostors” since they are just a preference of society.They mean different things for different people and therefore these ideas should be neglected.

Kipling also relects the importance of having dreams , the virtue and ability to “ think and not make your thoughts your aim”. In other words , thinking should not be forced, “if” not it lacks fluidity. What other people think and do is important , we should not ignore them; but we should not allow ourselves to be controlled by what other people think or
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You will become a “Man” if you can watch everything “ you grave your life to” shattered and “broken”, and yet still manage to “stoop” and “build´em up”, rebuild your legacy with humility but not as sharp nor strong since they are “worn-out”.
In the third stanza the author continues on to referring to aloofness as part of dealing with manhood: he expects his son to "risk" and "lose" . Life is about taking risks, that's for sure, one can always start over that's what matters. Kipling deliberately uses the gambling metaphor to illustrate the point.
There are two pieces of advice in this final stanza: do not be corrupted by power, and use your time to the full. The fourth stanza teaches readers regarding the importance of knowing who they are, even when encircled by "crowds" and "Kings." He instructs the reader about the importance of being virtuous and noble among individuals , to not lose “common touch” regardless of their social or hierarchical class or background ; to be the man on who friends count on, but “not too much” as to make excesive use to of
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