IF you can tell...

Hi everyone! I’m not much into literary stuff, but there are few literary works, which I like to read over and over, yet they don’t let me be bored rather I enjoy reading them. Sometime we find a piece of work so true so near to what we believe and think, quoting them can be just like expression of our own inner deep feelings, or sometime it gets us to some realization, encourages us or gives us hope. It may help to get over something disturbing. In my case ‘IF’ , by Rudyard Kipling, is one of those literary pieces,  which I love to read. Everytime I read it, it equally moves and inspires me. It gives confidence and courage not to give up in trying times,  and it really does for me. so here it is. :)

If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,

Or being hated, don't give way to hating,

And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;


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 imposters 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;


If you can make one heap of all your winnings

And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

And never breath a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

To serve your turn long after they are gone,

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";


If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,

Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch;

Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch;

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;

If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,

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

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

So which literary piece  would you like to read time and again? and how do you feel reading it? :)


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  • Kiya haal hain Ayesha! Der tabsira kelie maathirat! Me nathm aur kavita nahi pata. Isli mera tabsira acha nahi hain. I told this to my friend Arif Saeed, he knows how to make poems, I told him that I do not know about poetry very much. One thing is certain from that long poem, dignity is very important with ordinary people or high level ones. 

  • thanks amal and Areality..:)

    yes brother i like wordsworth's ''The world is too much with us'' and ''Rape of the look'' is quite amusing :) 

  • Great blog ayesha!
    I'm too not into the literary works(unfortunetly).
  • A very good piece of literature (poetry). A must read for  all the enthusiast learners!

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