We should not lose our temperament even if others are blaming us for their fault. If I were damned of body and soul, I know whose prayers would make me whole, Mother o' mine, O mother o' mine! The poet conveys his ideas about how to win this life, and after all, how to be a good human being. If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim; We should be able to think over a matter, but should not make the thoughts our aim. In the second paragraph the author says that even if you enter the woods now on a late summer evening when the night air cools on the trout-ringed pools it is a name of a fish and the otter it is a name of a bird whistles his mate they are not scared of men because they see very few of them , You might hear the beat of a horse's feet and the swish of a skirt in the dew it is said so due to the mishappening that took place inside the woods who are steadily cantering trotting through the misty lonely place as though they perfectly knew the way through the old lost road but now there is no road through the woods! The loss should not rattle him at all. But why would a British writer publish a poem specifically for the United States? He will have all the wealth, happiness, dignity and adulation that he can hope for. They scrambled to control as much of the world as they could. Historical Background of If If was first published in 1910.
The phrase White Man can also be taken figuratively. Kipling is inimitable: at his innocently aesthetic worst, he can be deeply embarrassing; and the letters, like the stories, contain both sorts. Lippincott, 1891, revised edition, Macmillan, 1891, reprinted, Penguin, 1988. After finishing college in 1882, he returned back to India to work as a journalist and editor. The poem contains a multitude of characteristics viewed as essential to the ideal man.
Mingled arrows each one sheaved; Death's dread armoury was stored With the shafts he most abhorred; Love's light quiver groaned beneath Venom-headed darts of Death. We may also get too complacent or proud at a small success, reducing our chances to reach higher goals. While not necessarily a bad idea, it was still underlain with assumptions about racial superiority and helped to further more nefarious ways of establishing hegemony. Take up the White Man's burden — Have done with childish days — The lightly profferred laurel, The easy, ungrudged praise. However some of his other work was quite discriminatory, but to be quite honest it was of a time period where that sort of attitude was more accepted. Shadowing the White Man's Burden: U.
There really is no single correct interpretation of a poem. This structure is actually symbolic in suggesting that you can get the rewards only after you have fulfilled the preconditions. Second stanza If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; To do something bigger, we should dream first. Hastily they gathered then Each the loves and lives of men. The poem ends on a particularly high note, which Kipling emphasizes with his use of an exclamation point.
In the opening lines, the speaker advises his reader to confront a difficult situation with forbearance and calm. I do not imagine that in the history of human events any poet has ever felt inspired so clearly to portray our danger and our duty. The slave trade happened, it is unfortunate, but it did. The Power of the Dog There is sorrow enough in the natural way From men and women to fill our day; And when we are certain of sorrow in store, Why do we always arrange for more? The poet speaks of the achievement at the end, after discussing all the requirements to reach there. Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; Life is a combination of success and failure, joy and sorrow, good times and bad times. Joseph Rudyard Kipling was a British journalist, writer of short stories, poet, and novel writer. The emotional and advising lines of Kipling are often considered a set of rules for moral and personal integrity, self-improvement and achievement in life. Kipling also warned that that responsibility came with a price. In the early 20th century, many Americans believed in the concept of social Darwinism, where certain people were superior to others based on their color and race.
He was actively involved in the Boer War in South Africa as a war correspondent, and in 1917 he was assigned the post of 'Honorary Literary Advisor' to the Imperial War Graves Commission—the same year that his son John, who had been missing in action for two years, was confirmed dead. He served only fifteen months in prison and later became Prime Minister of Cape Colony back in South Africa. Even written in 1895 and published in 1910, the poem still stores the quality of inspirational and motivational effect on the reader. Sure, it may happen that you were wrong but you will learn from failures and to use what you have learnt you should always have the will power to do it all over again until you get what you feel is right. He concludes by repeating to take up the White Man's burden and leave your childish days behind you. Nevertheless it is hardly fair To risk your heart for a dog to tear.
Or, we may get complacent thinking that we are so much liked by people, thus reducing our effort. The common touch would help us realize the reality and feel the needs of the society. One must not dwell on his enemies or the hurt a loved one could potentially cause. Indeed, there is a story about Newton that the papers containing his theories were destroyed in fire, and he wrote them again from the beginning. In Kipling's view, imperialism was not just a way for countries to grab power; it was also a form of humanitarianism, a way to help less fortunate people around the world. Mischievous people may try to spread canards to demoralize a person, so that he gives up in disgust. Again, at bad times, if we are too grieved, we may lose our faith and confidence.