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On a Poet’s Birthday – If by Rudyard Kipling

My New Year’s Resolution for 2021 was to read more poetry. A whole year of poet’s birthdays later I have certainly fulfilled that resolution. This final poem in the series is one of the most popular and best known English poems, If by Rudyard Kipling whose birthday is on December 30th.

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  • Question /

    If you can keep your — when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

    • head
    • mind
  • Question /

    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make — for their doubting too;

    • allowance
    • room
  • Question /

    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or, being lied about, don’t — in lies,

    • deal
    • trust
  • Question /

    Or, being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor — too wise;

    • talk
    • think
  • Question /

    If you can dream—and not make dreams your —; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;

    • master
    • reason
  • Question /

    If you can meet with triumph and disaster And — those two impostors just the same;

    • treat
    • greet
  • Question /

    If you can bear to hear the — you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

    • truth
    • words
  • Question /

    Or watch the — you gave your life to broken, And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools;

    • things
    • dreams
  • Question /

    If you can make one — of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

    • heap
    • pile
  • Question /

    And lose, and start again at your beginnings And never — a word about your loss;

    • breathe
    • say
  • Question /

    If you can force your — and nerve and sinew To serve your turn long after they are gone,

    • heart
    • mind
  • Question /

    And so hold on when there is nothing in you Except the — which says to them: “Hold on”;

    • Will
    • Force
  • Question /

    If you can talk with — and keep your virtue, Or walk with kings—nor lose the common touch;

    • crowds
    • men
  • Question /

    If neither foes nor — friends can hurt you; If all men count with you, but none too much;

    • loving
    • caring
  • Question /

    If you can fill the — minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run—

    • unforgiving
    • unrelenting
  • Question /

    Yours is the — and everything that’s in it, And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

    • Earth
    • World

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