What is a paraphrase of the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling?
When you paraphrase someone else's words (like those in a poem), it means you express their full meaning in your own words.
It's different from summarizing. Paraphrasing means you keep all of the ideas and simply explain them in your own way. So, a paraphrase is usually just as long as the original piece of writing, whereas a summary is shorter.
Here's a paraphrasing of Rudyard Kipling's poem "If:"
You might be able to stay sane when everybody else is going crazy and thinking you're the problem. You might be able to put faith in yourself even when nobody else does. (Still, don't discount other people's lack of faith.) You might be able to be patient for a long time. Even if people are saying untrue things about you, you can still be truthful yourself. Likewise, even if people are hateful toward you, don't hate them back. Don't get all self-righteous, though.
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