Just had to reblog this one. Stumbled on this valuable blog this morning and I am richer for it.
I discovered ‘If’ a few years ago and was instantly captivated by its truth. It reminded me of a rather distinguished young man I am privileged to know.
Now, even these years later, it still rings true.
“If—” is a poem by British Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling, written in 1895 and first published in Rewards and Fairies, 1910.Joseph Rudyard Kipling (30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936) was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He wrote tales and poems of British soldiers in India and stories for children.Kipling was one of the most popular writers in England, in both prose and verse, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children’s books are enduring classics of children’s literature; and one critic described his work as exhibiting “a versatile and luminous narrative gift”.In 1907, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, making him the first English-language writer to receive the prize, and to date he remains its youngest recipient. Among other honours, he was sounded out for the British Poet…
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