What are some alliteration, assonance, and symbols in the poem IF by Rudyard Kipling?

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Alliteration:

  And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

  Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools

Assonance:

  And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise

Symbols:

"Walk with Kings": To walk with kings means to be the companion of the successful or rich, rather than an actual king.

"And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!" A man is a symbol for all the qualities that Kipling listed.  A man is a symbol of trust, patience, strength, and balance.  Throughout the poem, Kipling emphasizes balance.  For example, a man "can dream—and not make dreams [his] master."  Balance is a symbol itself, as it represents all the characteristics a man should have.

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