10 of the most famous poems in the English Literature (II)

Hello readers! We continue with our publication of excerpts from some of the most famous poems in the English Literature. Today, a poem with a monosyllabic powerful word as title, If-

Poet: Rudyard Kipling

Published: 1910



If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   

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

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same;   

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:


Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   

And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Quick fact:

These lines of the poem are hugely popular; and the third and fourth lines of its second stanza are written on the wall of the players’ entrance to the Centre Court of the Wimbledon Championship. If— is one of the most well-known poems in the English language and it was voted the favourite poem of Britain in a 1995 BBC poll.

You can read and listen to the whole poem here, but today, we are going to recommend you to listen to the poem recited by the English actor Sir Michael Caine.

 Watch the video here

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