What are some alliteration, assonance, and symbols in the poem IF by Rudyard Kipling?
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise
"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.