"If you can dream...dreams your master." What kind of dreams is the poet referring to? What is the attitude of the poet towards dreams?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the first line of the second stanza, the poet stresses the recurring theme of self control.  Kipling credits the importance of dreams, but is equally persistent in the idea that maturation and leadership requires that individuals control their dreams and not the other way around. In order to have freedom, the thinker speaks to the idea of control and autonomy as critical to the idea of freedom. Individuals cannot achieve the highest level of maturation if they are held hostage by the weight of their own dreams.  Dreams are to motivate and inspire, but should be reflective of the individual and not with the individual a tool of their own dream.  Concurrent with the idea is that individuals must channel and use their dreams to benefit others, in the name of action that shows strength and resolve.  In order to do this, individuals must find that elusive "middle ground," or an element of moderation that allows individuals to not get too absorbed yet remain involved.  This sense of perspective is what will allow individuals to be the master of their own dreams and allow individuals to treat "triumph" and "disaster" in much the same, steady light.