Explain one simile or personification in the poem "If."

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There are a good few examples of personification in this famous poem by Rudyard Kipling . Kipling is committed to personifying various abstract concepts throughout; he first personifies dreams, advising the reader not to make dreams "your master." By this, he means that one should not allow oneself to become so obsessed with chasing dreams that other, more rational and reasonable things, become forgotten. Kipling then goes on to describe "Triumph and Disaster" as "impostors." The two are capitalized in the manner of proper nouns, which suggests that they are being treated as people. Moreover, the idea of them being impostors indicates that they have some sort of motivation of their own, as people do. By describing...

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