Rudyard Kipling Poem Analysis

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Rudyard Kipling Rudyard Kipling was arguably one of the most tortured and successful writers of all time. Kipling experienced things that nobody should ever have to experience by the time he was eleven. Kipling and his sister were sent to England to have a better chance at being educated at a very young age. While in England he endured physical, mental, and psychological abuse from his foster mother. Kipling found comfort in literature and used reading and writing as a creative outlet. Kipling’s writing style was heavily influenced by his abusive childhood and academic struggles. As Kipling started writing he used his imperfect experiences to create beautiful poems, books, and short stories. Rudyard Kipling became one of the most famous…show more content…
In this two stanza poem he talks about the contradictions of one of the best and worst aspects of life, Love and Death. In the first line he personifies love and death by portraying them as people who are playing a game of archery. He explains that love and death shoot the arrows to simply see who they hit. Kipling compares the arrows to “the loves and lives of men”. This poem explains the unfortunate randomness of who Love and Death touch. The first stanza is made up of fourteen lines with a AABBCCDDEEFFGG rhyme scheme and strong imagery. In the second stanza Kipling…show more content…
This later became one of his most well known poems. The poem is comprised of four stanzas each with different rhyme schemes. “If” is also made up of a lot of figurative language such as imagery, repetition, and rhyme. The poem is a very motivational poem that puts the reader in a very inspired mood to portray the feeling that anything is possible. In each stanza he writes “if you can…” and then puts a different aspect of life after it. In the first stanza he writes about if you can push through the struggles and challenges that life throws at you. In the second stanza he writes about “if you can dream - and not make dreams your master” and “if you can meet triumph and disaster”. In the third stanza he writes about “if you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone”. In the fourth and final stanza he writes his conclusion to all of the above “if you can…” statements. In this poem this stanza is by far the most powerful and inspiring. Kipling

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