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What is the critical appreciation of the poem "IF" by Rudyard Kipling?What was the...

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bapai | Student, Grade 10

Posted September 4, 2010 at 7:03 PM via web

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What is the critical appreciation of the poem "IF" by Rudyard Kipling?

What was the poets feeling?

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harshitagrawal | Student, Grade 9

Posted June 8, 2011 at 11:43 PM (Answer #1)

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"If", by Rudyard Kipling, is a set of challenges to poet's son, and by extension to all readers. It sets out standards for behavior that would allow any person to conduct him/herself in ways that Kipling is defining as being worthy of "the Earth and everything that's in it."

The challenges are delivered in the form of descriptions of how the person being addressed should behave "if" certain kinds of circumstances arise. "If you can keep your head when all about you are loosing theirs and blaming it on you" - the poet is encouraging the reader to not be swayed by the misguided sentiments and actions of others. The reader is being given the task of rising above fast and easy following of the crowd. Instead, the reader is to remain true to the nobler path of self-control, modesty, and dedication to striving for what is right regardless of the cost. In the end, the outcome will be recognition that "you'll be a Man, my son!" in the fullest and best sense of the word.

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harshitagrawal | Student, Grade 9

Posted June 9, 2011 at 12:58 PM (Answer #2)

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if is a marvelous poem written by Rudyard Kipling .in this poem the poet is telling to do his son those things which are impossible but if we implement those qualities in our selves we will become a perfect manand the earth will be ours

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