What is ‘pitch and toss’? What does it signify in the poem?

QuestionsWhat is ‘pitch and toss’? What does it signify in the poem?
Sakhi sharma asked 4 years ago

What does the poet mean by “And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,” in poem ‘IF’ by Rudyard Kipling?

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 4 years ago

‘Pitch-and-toss’ is a gambling game in which the player who manages to throw a coin closest to a mark gets to toss all the coins, winning those that land with the head up.

In the poem IF, the poet suggests that we should learn to take big risks in life to achieve even greater heights. In a game like this, we may lose everything or win big. We have to take the risk and even if we lose, we should not utter a word about it, but start it from the beginning again. This actually hints at the mental strength one needs to win this world.

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