If

By Rudyard Kipling

- Literal

This poem is literally about a man being able to step up to the plate and actually be a man. It explains that if you are able to do a certain and/or certain things, then you will officially be considered a man.

Musical Devices

The rhyme scheme occurs mostly in a regular pattern, but sometimes in an irregular pattern. The effect is formal and satisfying. The poem has a very obvious rhythmic effect. There are many stressed words. The tonal effect gives a soothing rhythm. The repetition tonal effect gives the poem most of its significance. The poem has caused me to look at things differently more. The technical elements makes things complex, but easier to relate to and understand.