Narrative Voice In Sonnet 116, By Rudyard Ripling
“If” talks about the moral and complex lessons a man has to attain throughout his life in order to become a man. The theme that Kipling elaborates on in his poem is the theme of manhood and leadership. “Once Upon a Time” also illustrates the lessons learned by an individual as well as the changes the father has made throughout …show more content…
He questions if this ‘love’ we feel and talk about is truly ‘love’. It emphasizes the constancy of true love, how it is fixed and eternal, and wont change even when the object of love changes.
Rudyard Kipling’s “If”, written in 1895, explores all the traits a boy should have in order to become a Man, and if he follows these instructions he will have a rewarding life and have everything he can wish for. The poem starts off with a very powerful confidence within the two following lines:
“If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too” Here the reader learns about the narrators view of self-worth and the power to trust yourself and not be pressured into believing something different just because others do. The repetition of “you” and “your” throughout the poem involves the reader directly and engages his attention. There is a religious-like forgiveness within the text speaking about higher understanding of how the world works, grasping the truth of human nature, making “allowance” for others, but not for their sake, for your own.
The poem also explores the theme of patience with other people and the world, as well as how to behave and speak.
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