Treasuring Poetry – If by Rudyard Kipling and The Listeners by Walter de la Mare

Today, I’m over at writing to be read with a slightly different post for Treasuring Poetry. I have shared two of my own favourite poems, If by Rudyard Kipling and The Listeners by Walter de la Mare. I’ve also given you a sneak peak into my forthcoming poetry book.

Writing to be Read

This month I am featuring my own favourite poems and a poem and picture from my forthcoming poetry book, Behind Closed Doors. I hadn’t intended to feature my own work this month, but sometimes life happens and so I am making the best of it.

If by Rudyard Kipling

I love the poem If by Rudyard Kipling because it is so inspiring and uplifting. The objective of the poem was to give his son advice and instruction on how to live a happy and successful life. I relate strongly to this advice possibly because I have two sons.

My favourite lines are as follows:

“If you can bear to hear the truth you have 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.”

The first two lines above warn that…

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24 thoughts on “Treasuring Poetry – If by Rudyard Kipling and The Listeners by Walter de la Mare

    1. Hi Teagan, thanks for visiting. It is nice to be nearly there. I have so much on the go at the moment and everyone is ill in my family. Terence’s grandmother, my dad and Michael has only just recovered.

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  1. I memorized “If” in seventh grade one week. When I was in school we had to routinely memorize poems of our choice. I never realized that it was about becoming a man, and always thought it applied just as well to me.

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