Name of the poem-If, Author-Rudyard Kipling, Extract from second and third stanza:
If you can bear…word about your loss
The poet Rudyard Kipling motivates the youths to stay courageous and persevering to be successful in the long run. In the short term we often face setbacks and hostilities, but we need to carry on with a fixed eye on the goal. Moreover we need to take bigger risks in life in order to achieve even bigger success.
If we get distracted or discouraged with the initial difficulties, we can never reach the target. So the poet asks us to bear to hear the truth told by us twisted by knaves. In the long run, people will know that we spoke the truth. He asks us to build again with the worn-out tools if we see our favourite things broken. If we cannot bear with that suffering and build it again, we don’t deserve the final rewards.
In this life nothing comes easy and there is no shortcut to success. So, the poet also advises to risk all our possessions to achieve something great. And, if we lose, we should not reveal it to others. If we do that, people would see that as our weakness and try to harm us. So, we have to take every chances. After all, if you win, you can lead; if you lose, you can guide.