IF- By Rudyard Kipling - Audio

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Still the youngest-ever Nobel Laureate for Literature, Rudyard Kipling was enormously popular during his lifetime.  Not only did he write poetry, and stories for children, he was widely known as a short-story innovator.

Influenced by the culture of his day, Kipling was a product of his time.  Born on the 30th of December, 1865, Kipling's life was influenced by the Victorian Era and the Age of the British Empire.  He lived until the 18th of January, 1836.

"If-" is one of Kipling's most-famous poems.  It was originally published in 1910, appearing in Kipling's book Rewards and Fairies (see page 181).  In a BBC poll - conducted in 1995 - people living in the U.K. voted it their most-favorite poem

Kipling wrote about India, Afghanistan and other places.  For a time, he and his family lived in America, settling in a beautiful home called "Naulakha" in Dummerston, Vermont.

Kipling died on the 18th of January, 1936.  His ashes are buried in Poet's Corner - between the remains of Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy - at London's Westminster Abbey.

In this audio clip, Carole Bos (creator of AwesomeStories) reads Kipling's poem, "If-."


By Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you  
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,  
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;  
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;  
    If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;  
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;  
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,  
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them:  'Hold on!'

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,  
    Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,  
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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"If-," by Rudyard Kipling, read by Carole Bos (creator of Awesome Stories).


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