How can one be a true son of God and a perfect man , according to the poem "IF" by Rudyard Kipling ?We can take reference from other poems, also.

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The young man of the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling who is addressed as a child of God is patient, forthright, and honest, especially when confronted with temptation.  But, he must also be humble:  "don't look too good, nor talk too wise."

In addition, the man with righteous behavior has a strong work ethic, whose praise is echoed throughout the poem.  For instance, in the second stanza the speaker says,

If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,

and in the last stanza,

If you can fill the unforgiving minute.

With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,

He also protects his work ethic if he can "stoop to rebuild" what has been destroyed "with worn out tools, yet remain detached and be able to lose and win it.  Clearly, through the use of paradox--righteousness without self-righteousness, detachment while practicing determination--Kipling illustrates ideal behavior and virtues.

Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that the theme of spiritual perfection is one that can be taken from Kipling's poem.  His spate of advice in terms of how one is to behave and act in certain situations and predicaments might help to bring to light how a person is to act, to behave.  In this light, there might be a call from father to son or from spiritual father to descendant in how to carry oneself in situations where bad judgment might be present.  In this light there is a sense of "truth" in what is outlined and this can help to allow individuals to be better than they are and in what they hope to be.  This becomes the ultimate hope of spiritual guidance and in what we seek in a father or teacher.  In this light, the poem could be giving insight into how to be a better son of both man and God.