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, dont deal in lies,
Or being hated, dont give way to hating,
And yet dont look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dreamand not make dreams your master;
If you can thinkand 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 youve 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 Kingsnor 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 thats in it,
Andwhich is moreyoull be a Man, my son!
The Analysis should have the following:
Try to figure out the meaning of the poem, or what you perceive to be the meaning of the poem.
Imagery is a common technique used by poets to get their meaning across, does your poem have imagery?
Look for any symbols, metaphors, similes
Any use of rhyming, repetition, personification, onomatopoeia (words that resemble the sound – pop, fizz, smack, sizzle), hyperbole – exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.
Look at the poet’s choice of words, how do you feel about the choices
Determine the tone of voice of the poem. (tone refers to the emotion – joyous, hopeful, sad, reflective, angry, questioning, etc.)
Does the poem have a storyline
Does the poem use rhyme, is it free style, lyrical, epic, ballad
Is the poem structured? Just a collection of thoughts and musings with a more random collection of lines?