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If Analysis In the poem If Rudyard Kipling deals with the misunderstandings and public pressures that confronted the statesmen of the Victorian era the ability to master ones dreams and thoughts and the ability to take triumphs and loses in stride without complaining Also Kipling brings up many moral propositions throughout the poem such as courage when to show emotion and the value of work He also discusses ones ability to hold back your emotions when a loving friend perpetrates an atrocity against you Kipling describes the qualities that one needs to master his domain and uses many vivid examples throughout the poem So by this information we can conclude that the theme of If is that in life we all have many obstacles to overcome and at times it feels overbearing and we want to quit but you just need to stay in the game and do the best that you can and work through the hard times In If Kipling uses parallel structure and illiteration repeatedly throughout the poem with the word if and by setting standards that we should all strive for By using this parallel structure and illiteration Kipling creates a mood of an overbearing task which adds to theme of the poem This sense of an overbearing task makes you realize that the statesmen of the Victorian era had a lot of stress from their jobs and they deserve a lot of respect for their professions Also by creating this atmosphere of an overbearing task Kipling sets a definite mood from using the illiteration of the word if and the parallel structure of creating all of the standards with the if phrases Kipling uses an ABABCDCD EFEFGHGH IJIJKLKL MNMN rhyme code in If which are designated in four stanzas By using this rhyme code Kipling produces a catchy rhythm This keeps the reader in tack with the flow of the poem and keeps them entertained
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