What kind of poem is "If?"
There are many ways to categorize poetry. A unique characteristic of "If—" by Rudyard Kipling is that it consists grammatically of a single sentence, so we can call it a one-sentence poem. The sentence has seven clauses that begin with "if." They are all joined by semicolons, but none of the clauses is a complete sentence on its own; each one is a dependent clause. The final two lines:
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!
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