For me, "If-," by Rudyard Kipling, is a poem that forces humanity to look inside itself for strength, fortitude, and, most of all, perseverance in a world that is far more manipulative (as well as far less promising) than what was "prescribed" to us in our fairy-tales as children. It is a call for humanity to humbly accept society, life, and all its obstacles with heart and the genuine will to carry on; if one can do as Kipling has written, one will be met with emotional triumph. Moreover, it is a poem about the sojourn of life and the overall importance to forge on through "heart-ships" and disillusionments of society. Thus, to remain a "man" of temperance and fortitude is to become emotionally and mentally prosperous in a world that lacks morals and thrives on deceit.
this poem was selected by bon jovi, w.c. staff.