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Rudyard Kipling

Please write a summary of the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling.

The poem is a father defining for his son the qualities of a good man.. He is setting the parameters or boundaries for his son and giving him a goal to achieve. The poem deals with life’s...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2011 6:21 am UTC

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What techniques does the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling use to get his message across?

I think the other educators have given some excellent instruction in the poetic devices in this poem, so I want to offer just a few more things. First, I think it's important when determining how...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2020 9:23 pm UTC

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What are the moral values for the poem "If—" by Rudyard Kipling? I would like to have an example for each moral value.

Rudyard Kipling's "If—" is a counsel of perfection which is filled with exhortations to virtue. Some of the moral values he recommends are as follows: Calmness and Stoicism: These are emphasized...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2020 10:54 am UTC

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What does “yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise” mean in the poem "If--" by Rudyard Kipling?

Rudyard Kipling's poem "If—" reflects aspects of traditional British stoicism, which is to say, the longstanding cultural honoring of repressing one's emotions or reactions in social situations....

Latest answer posted June 12, 2016 11:15 pm UTC

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In the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling, what does "unforgiving minute" suggest?

"If" is filled with advice on how to best spend your time, and best react in each situation that is presented to you, no matter how diverse it is. So, when Kipling states, "If you can fill the...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2009 11:58 pm UTC

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What is the message conveyed by the poem "If," by Rudyard Kipling?

The entire poem is essentially a single, run-on sentence spaced with commas, colons, and semicolons, listing a series of abilities, habits, and virtues, which will ostensibly give their possessor...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2017 6:09 am UTC

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What are examples of alliteration, assonance, and simile in “The Stranger” by Rudyard Kipling and what do they...

Rudyard Kipling's "The Stranger" is a poem that makes quite uncomfortable reading to the modern reader—Kipling is describing the supposed difficulty of understanding people who come from a...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019 12:13 pm UTC

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What is one personification used in the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling?

This poem by Rudyard Kipling utilizes a fairly common convention of personifying virtues and ills, but in this case, describing both "Triumph" and "Disaster" as "two impostors" whom a real man must...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2017 8:49 am UTC

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List one metaphor and one example of alliteration from the poem "If." Explain how they are effective and what meaning...

Alliteration is repetition of initial consonant sounds that come in words that are in close proximity to each other. Here is an example of alliteration from the poem "If": "If you can talk with...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2016 2:21 am UTC

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In the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling, what does the poet mean by a perfect man?

A perfect man, according to Kipling, is one who has character. Good character makes you a man. Kipling refers to being a man as having confidence, because he knew he was the best person he could...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2009 12:10 pm UTC

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Explain one metaphor or a simile and its effectiveness in the poem "IF" "IF" by Rudyard Kipling

"If" by Rudyard Kipling was said to be inspired by Sir Leander Starr Jameson, who led the British to overthrow the Boer government in 1895. This didactic poem focuses on the virtues of manhood and...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2018 5:05 pm UTC

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In "If," by Rudyard Kipling, what are the qualities the poet wishes to see in his son?

In the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling, the poet would like his son to have the ability to stay calm in a crisis. Having a clear head in a chaotic situation is very useful as it is the only way to...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2010 4:23 am UTC

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In "The Way Through the Woods" why do you think the path was closed?

In Rudyard Kipling’s “The Way Through the Woods," we read about an old road that was shut down some seventy years before the time of narration of the poem. After the road was shut down, trees were...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2017 10:39 am UTC

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Does "The Way Through the Woods" by Rudyard Kipling have a rhyme scheme?

Rhyme is one of the primary metrical elements in a poem, and it involves the repetition of sounds at the end of or within lines of poetry. A rhyme scheme, then, is the pattern of rhyme found in a...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2013 6:04 pm UTC

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What are the achievements of Rudyard Kiping?

Rudyard Kipling was a prolific author whose audiences included both children and adults; who wrote works of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction; who worked as a journalist; and who lived on three...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2019 1:50 pm UTC

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Please explain the line 'Or walk with kings-nor lose the common touch' from the poem "If," by Rudyard Kipling. give...

This particular line in Kipling's poem helps to bring out the notion of developing character within the individual. The ability to "walk with kings" refers to the idea of being able to achieve the...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2010 7:18 am UTC

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How does "The Way Through the Woods" by Rudyard Kipling imply that nature can overpower common man?

In this two-stanza poem by Rudyard Kipling, the poet describes a road through the woods that was closed seventy years ago. Now nature has completely taken over the attempts by common man to turn...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2019 1:45 am UTC

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What is the moral of the poem if ? Just the moral and not the values Please.

I am a bit puzzled by your question. You ask for the moral of the poem, "If." Do you mean the lesson we learn from it? Further, you also say that we, the responders to your question, should not...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2009 10:37 pm UTC

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What is the effectiveness and impact of the different poetic devices used in "IF" by Rudyard Kipling.

1) Personification is when inanimate objects are spoken about as if they were human. For example, the following sentence uses personification: The sun was smiling on the children in the park. "If"...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2010 5:57 am UTC

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What are examples of alliteration, assonance, metaphor, simile, personification, or imagery in “The Stranger” by...

In the opening line of the poem, the speaker describes a "Stranger within my gate." This is an example of imagery, and the image creates the impression that the stranger is an intruder, trespassing...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019 11:23 am UTC

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message of the poem if by rudyard kipling i want the message that what ruyard kipling wants to convey through this poem

The poem is a father defining for his son the qualities of a good man.. He is setting the parameters or boundaries for his son and giving him a goal to achieve. The poem deals with life’s...

Latest answer posted June 29, 2011 6:19 am UTC

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Please explain the following lines from "If" by Rudyard Kipling. if you can trust yourself when all men doubt you but...

In the poem 'If' by Rudyard Kipling, the poet is not only advising his son but sending out the message to other readers too, including us. He is advising us to have 'the courage of our convictions'...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2010 4:44 am UTC

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What is meant by "Man" in the last line of the poem "If"?

A "Man" is what the poet is saying the poem's subject will be if he fulfills all the "ifs" mentioned throughout this piece. It clearly is not easy or simple to be a "Man." It takes the fortitude,...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2019 4:31 pm UTC

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What is the meaning of "which is more" in "If" by Rudyard Kipling? o

This is an interesting grammatical construction found in Rudyard Kipling's famous poem "If." The words "which is more" could also read "even more importantly." This is a modifier for what...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2010 11:50 am UTC

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What is the deeper meaning of the poem? (as in what are the literary devices, attiude, shifts and theme) Oh! Hush...

This lyrical poem uses a straightforward ballad-type structure with ABAB rhyme in the first section, and then a shift marked by the line "Where billow meets billow, there soft be thy pillow," whose...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2018 10:22 am UTC

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What is the lesson of the poem "If"?

In the poem 'If' by Rudyard Kipling, the poet describes a recipe for becoming a man - the best of men - and a list of ingredients! One of the reasons that the poem may seem a little outdated today,...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2010 1:19 am UTC

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What is the moral of the story "The Mark of the Beast"?  

"The Mark of the Beast" by Rudyard Kipling is a horror story that takes place in northern India. It tells of an Englishman named Fleete who gets extremely drunk at the Club on New Year's Eve. When...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2019 5:21 pm UTC

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What is the setting in the poem "If"?

The poem is about how a British gentleman should ideally behave in any setting, but several settings are suggested. We should keep in mind the poem was written in 1895, near the end of the reign of...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2018 7:43 pm UTC

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What is a summary of the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling?

In "If" by Rudyard Kipling, the poet gives directions for growing into manhood to one he calls "my son". In the first stanza calm equilibrium, trust in one's self, response to lies, hating, waiting...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2010 3:37 am UTC

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How do the poets convey hopes and fears in the poems "If—" and "Prayer Before Birth"?

Both poems convey a parent's fears about the difficulties facing the child or young adult who has to grow up in this often frightening and uncertain world. In "If—," the speaker conveys hope as he...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2020 8:08 pm UTC

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Please provide a summary of "The Mark Of The Beast" by Rudyard Kipling. I am not quite sure what Rudyard Kipling is...

In many of Rudyard Kipling's works, his background and love of India is apparent and he is perhaps best known for The Jungle Book and his tales of Mowgli and Baloo the bear. "The Mark Of The Beast"...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2015 9:07 am UTC

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With what message is the poet trying to touch the reader in "If" my Rudyard Kipling?

I will presume that you are speaking of the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling. The message the poet is trying to convey to the reader is how to behave, or how to carry oneself. This is represented in...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2009 9:31 pm UTC

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Why does Rudyard Kipling use paradoxes in his poem, "IF"? The impact it has on the poem

Kipling's poem "If" makes a number of seemingly contradictory statements, and readers might very well be confused by them long before finishing the poem. The key to those statements can be found in...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2018 12:25 am UTC

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Do you agree with the message of the poem "If?" It is a poem by Rudyard Kipling.

Kipling is trying to persuade us that we need to behave in certain ways and have certain character traits. He is saying that we can only be true "men" if we act in these ways and have these...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2010 10:29 pm UTC

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Please provide a summary and explain the central idea of the poem "The Way Through the Woods."

"The Way Through the Woods" is a poem about an abandoned road that was shut down by man and reclaimed by nature. It reveals the central ideas of power, time, and memory. In the first stanza, the...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2019 1:45 pm UTC

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how i liked the poem 'if' by rudyard kipling??? remarks for the poem 'if'

I like this poem because I agree with the way in which the speaker defines what it means to be a "man." (I do not think these values are more masculine than feminine though -- I think it would be...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2010 9:59 pm UTC

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In "The Mark of the Beast" by Rudyard Kipling, what does the story reveal about the British presence in India?

I tend to read the story as critical of the English presence in India. The English in the story view themselves as "civilizers," but it’s clear that they have little idea of what Indian culture or...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2018 11:45 am UTC

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Why did Rudyard Kipling get the Nobel Peace Prize?  For what book? For which book?

In 1907 Rudyard Kipling accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature. The prize motivation is thus stated: In consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2010 3:35 pm UTC

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What is a summary of "The Phantom Rickshaw" by Rudyard Kipling?

"The Phantom Rickshaw is a story within a story. The first person narrator tells us he was given the manuscript of the tale which will be summarized below, written when the author was suffering...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2019 10:01 pm UTC

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Meaning of 'unforgiving time' in the poem 'if'

I think you are talking about the line in the last stanza: If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch; If neither foes nor loving friends...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2010 9:44 pm UTC

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Are the following poetic devices (Rhyme Sheme , Rhythm, Understament, Paradox, Metonymy and Onomatopeia) found in the...

I've included the entire poem below and will illustrate examples of rhythm and rhyme scheme, paradox and understatement. I don't see examples of the others however. If you can keep your head...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2011 6:40 pm UTC

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

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,...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2019 7:16 pm UTC

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good thoughts          if you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they are gone....

It's interesting to read and absorb the powerfully motivating thoughts of Kipling that are presented here. I am still stuck with his notion of "East is East and West is West and never will they...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2009 5:34 pm UTC

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Analyze the speech of "Values in Life" by Rudyard Kipling.

The speech in Kipling's "Values in Life" is formal, authoritative, and rich with metaphor. It is also personal, as indicated by the direct address throughout. Indeed, in the opening lines, the...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2019 6:25 pm UTC

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What is the rationale for colonialism expressed by Kipling? 

The main rationale for colonialism that Kipling expresses is the idea that the colonizers will be improving and civilizing the natives of their colonies. The French referred to this as their...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2014 2:40 am UTC

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Explain one theme of the poem "If" in full details "If" by Rudyard Kipling

It seems to me that one of the overriding themes to the poem is the movement from childhood to adulthood. The poem stresses the idea of presenting a series of test cases to assess whether this...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2010 9:15 pm UTC

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in "The Mark of the Beast" what allusions to the Book of Revelation int he Bible are made?

Are you referring to the story by Rudyard Kipling? In this story, three friends are celebrating New Year's Eve by drinking. They are British men living in India. One, Fleete, gets particularly...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2010 1:15 am UTC

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Why is the outcome of Rikki-Tikki's fight with Nag uncertain?

Nag is a very large cobra, and Rikki is a very young mongoose. Nag was "five feet long from tongue to tail," but Rikki was such a young mongoose that he had never even "met a live cobra before."...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016 3:05 am UTC

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What litrary device has been used in stanza 2 of the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling? Point out its significance. I want...

Kipling uses the literary device of personification in these lines, but he also uses several other literary devices that work together to create a mood. One is anaphora, in which lines begin with...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2017 2:19 pm UTC

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Who are the main characters in Kipling's Captains Courageous?  

Captains Courageous is a coming-of-age story that centers on a teenage boy’s adventures at sea. The main characters are Harvey Cheyne, the boy; Disko Troop, a fishing boat captain; Dan Troop,...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2019 10:38 pm UTC

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