POETRY RESPONSE: “If” (by D. H.)

Posted on September 26, 2008. Filed under: Poetry Responses | Tags: , |

What if?  What if you did this or that? We have all hit these words what if, but have you ever read the poem?  I have, it’s called “If” by Rudyard Kipling.

After I was done reading this poem, I realized these phrases that the poet used were like steps to becoming a man.  For example, in the first stanza, Kipling stated that “you can trust yourself when everyone else doubts you.”  That’s one of the steps, and I believe that is true.

My reaction to this poem was yes, I do believe in some of these steps like I stated in the first paragraph.  In addition to the other steps, if you can “watch the things you gave your life to, broken”, to me this means you need to be able to take in pain.

I would not mind to read other poems by this poet but I would also like to read others.  I would like to read more poems by this poet because of this poem.  I say this because this poem did state some true facts that I have found helpful.

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