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Written in 1909 as advice to his son, Rudyard Kipling's "If" qualifies as a quintessential poem for a young boy. For over a century, Kipling's poem has inspired young boys to strive to achieve great things, undeterred by... More »

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Young pilgrim boys typically wore petticoats and doublets. Petticoats are long skirts and doublets are loose-fitting jackets. More »

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The term "cow" is only used for female cattle. Male, or boy, cattle are called bulls or steers. When born, a male is referred to as a "bull calf." If the bull calf is not castrated, it grows into a bull. More »

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The theme of Rudyard Kipling's poem "If" revolves around the coming of age of his son and the poem lists different virtues that would help his child become a man. The last line of the poem directly refers to the son, whi... More »

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Rudyard Kipling's poem "If--" is a poem that advocates confidence, honesty and fortitude, laying out for the reader the things he must do if he is to maintain his self-control and become a man. The poem lays out a list o... More »

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Rudyard Kipling's poem, "White Man's Burden," is a praise of American colonialism in the Philippines after Spain relinquished control in 1898. Kipling believed that American colonialism would improve conditions in the Ph... More »

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English poet, short story writer and novelist Rudyard Kipling is best remembered for his children's stories, such as "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" and "The Jungle Book" as well as the poem "If." He was supportive of British imperia... More »

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