The Undertakers by Rudyard KiplingJoseph Rudyard Kipling was a journalist, short-story writer, poet, and novelist.
Kiplings works of fiction include The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1901), and many short stories, including The Man Who Would Be King (1888). His poems include Mandalay (1890), Gunga Din (1890), The Gods of the Copybook Headings (1919), The White Mans Burden (1899), and If— (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his childrens books are classics of childrens literature; and one critic described his work as exhibiting a versatile and luminous narrative gift.
Kipling was one of the most popular writers in the United Kingdom, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Henry James said: Kipling strikes me personally as the most complete man of genius (as distinct from fine intelligence) that I have ever known. In 1907, at the age of 41, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize, and its youngest recipient to date. He was also sounded out for the British Poet Laureateship and on several occasions for a knighthood, both of which he declined.
Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907 in consideration of the power of observation, originality of imagination, virility of ideas and remarkable talent for narration which characterize the creations of this world-famous author.
Kipling kept writing until the early 1930s, but at a slower pace and with much less success than before. On the night of 12 January 1936, Kipling suffered a haemorrhage in his small intestine. He underwent surgery, but died less than a week later on 18 January 1936 at the age of 70 of a perforated duodenal ulcer. Kiplings death had in fact previously been incorrectly announced in a magazine, to which he wrote, Ive just read that I am dead. Dont forget to delete me from your list of subscribers.
IF, Rudyard Kipling's poem, recited by Sir Michael Caine
The poem is a paean to British stoicism and masculine rectitude; almost every line in each stanza begins with "If". The poem's speaker says that if you can keep your head while those around you lose theirs; if you can trust yourself when others doubt you; if you can be patient and not lose your temper; if you can handle being lied about but not lie yourself, and being hated but not hating yourself; if you do not look too good or talk too wise:. If you can dream but not let those dreams cloud your reason; if you can think but still take action; if you can deal with both triumph and disaster; if you can handle it when others twist your truths into lies, or take the things you devoted your life to and turn them from broken into alive again:. If you can take all of your winnings and bet them in one fell swoop and lose them all and then keep it a secret; if you can use your heart and muscles and nerves to hold on even when there is only Will left:. If you can remain virtuous among people and talk with Kings without becoming pretentious; if you can handle foes and friends with ease; if you see that men count on you but not too much; if you can fill every minute with meaning:. Then you have all the Earth and everything upon it, and, as the speaker exultantly ends, "you'll be a Man, my son!
Assignment 2. Read the poem, "If" under "Reading and Tools. Do you think the poem is successful in conveying a message or portraying experiences, thoughts or feelings? What does the poem make you think or feel? The word "explication" comes from a Latin word that means "unfolding. You can analyze a character, a single incident, symbols, point of view, structure, and so on.
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The poet is addressing his son in the poem, shedding light on his beliefs and conveying those to his son. The poem is directly addressed to the reader, in an attempt to open their eyes into believing in themselves. In the first half of the poem, the speaker states that if you can keep focused while others lose their heads, if you can keep your patience and temperament while others lose theirs, and deal with not looking too good or talking too wisely; the poet stops, moving on to the second stanza. In the second stanza, the poet talks about dreaming but not letting those dreams cloud your reason, mentions thinking and simultaneously taking action. In the words of the poet he illustrates the following remarks such as, if you can deal both sides of triumph and disaster, if you can handle when other people twist your truth into despicable lies, or for that matter, if, you can turn the things from dead to alive again; before moving onto the latter part of the poem still not giving a concluding remark.
I have been invited, challenged, and encouraged to make some comment about the situation in our world, our country, and our national politics. I have thought and prayed about how best to respond. I have decided to post through my blog some of the inspirational words that strike me as important. These will be wisdom, poems, prayers, scriptures, and hymns that I come to in my own life of devotion. Some will be clearly religious. Others will seem secular.