Rudyard Kipling is one of the best known of the late Victorian poets and storytellers. He received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907. 

Yet even with such high honour, many detractors neglected his work shortly after his death due to his unpopular political views. Literary critics however, recognised the power of his work. William Blackburn wrote in Writers for Children:

"His unrelenting craftsmanship, his determination to be 'master of the bricks and mortar of his trade,' compels respect, and his genius as a storyteller, and especially as a teller of stories for children will surely prove stronger than the murky and sordid vicissitudes of politics." 

"Although Kipling's overall career still awaits judicious critical re-evaluation," Blackburn concludes, "the general public—and especially the young public—has long since rendered its own verdict. 

His status as a writer for children is rightfully secure, and none of his major works has yet gone out of print."

[https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/rudyard-kipling]

One of Kipling’s most famous works is a poem titled “If”. It inspires and provides encouragement on how to live one’s life. 

The poem takes the reader through various ways in which to rise above the adversities that life throws in one’s way at some point. 

Throughout the poem, the author gives the reader multiple scenarios, both positive and negative, along with a glimpse into how to conduct oneself. 

Kipling presents the poem as an if-then scenario and leaves the “then” until the final two lines, revealing to the reader that if they are able to do all that was just mentioned, they will not only have the world at their fingertips, but they will also be a “Man.”

While reading the poem, it will be apparent that it sums up the life and ethos of the man many loved, and affectionately knew as Lazza. I added one word in brackets in the very last line, which I believe more accurately reflects what I came to know about the great Larry Pickering over the past three years.

IF

by Rudyard Kipling

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 impostors 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 breathe 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,

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 (great) Man, my son!

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oldskankhidinginTheShadow
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Rinaldo… I shall take that as a NO?
How can that be so??
It is a religion of peace and the most feminine of all religions.
Surely they would be welcome in an Islamic country?? if not…WHY NOT?

oldskankhidinginTheShadow
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Will you be providing a response to my prior question…..or is it simply not possible ?

oldskankhidinginTheShadow
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oldskankhidinginTheShadow

Rinaldo… you forgot to mention that the Moon is a balloon.
Please add that to your compilation of faux facts.

oldskankhidinginTheShadow
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I wonder why the Palestinians have not been welcomed by the myriad Islamic nations across the World?
It would not serve their purpose of waging perpetual jihad perhaps.
Plus…. it provides them with a target for all their hatred at very little expense.

noucg
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The Australian is an endangered species ,i go to work and feel like im in a foreign country ,no one seems overly worried about it a couple of others have voiced their opinion saying they wanted to punch some of these c..ts ,apart from that the other only talk football and sport which has been taken over by foreign c…ts as well .Funny there is no Palestinians Refos in Australia ,i wonder why that is ??????????????

ApplePie
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ApplePie

There was some bloke in Melbourne who betted everything on Bitcoin when it was about $15000. Wonder if he’s pulled the trigger yet.

EsraStar
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Harry,just a thought. What about posting one of Larry’s cartoons from way back when,on a weekly basis.I am sure they would go over really well.That is if you have access to them,that is.

Lorraineeh
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Lorraineeh

Go gently Larry Pickering knowing how much you touched the lives of us your fellow Aussies who enjoyed every word you spoke and enjoyed every cartoon that came from your magic pen! Bless,

aggie
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aggie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky4poop-coY

This is a great country we live in.
It needs to be protected.
But no one dares say the “Islam” word.

buraq2
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I wouldn’t sign off on anyone’s work unless I did the final testing and commissioning, and knowing that the work they performed was in a tradesmanlike manner.

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chumo
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lg, be a lot of ‘accidents”.

Pablo
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buraq2….You answered your own point….A qualified person has to “sign off” on the work…..Who actually does the work is the problem, the tradie just gets contractors or apprentices to do the job and he turns up to put the last clip on and sign the job tag…One shonky tradie can make a fortune just signing off on a multitude of jobs, and there is always one floating around somewhere…..

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1rdoval@gmail.com

Is she Jewish? . . .

1rdoval@gmail.com
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1rdoval@gmail.com

Bring too many bigwigs down if the Clinton’s were to be held accountable for their skulduggery, Tiger. It ain’t going to happen, unfortunately.

buraq2
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A qualified person has to sign off on any electrical work, unless you’re prepared to void any warranty, and your house insurance if there’s an electrical fire. Always check anyone doing electrical work on your home.

Shylock
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I can see a Hindenburg remake on the Horizon….Oh the Humanity!!!!

Shylock
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Shylock

He didn’t believe in the socialist Kibbutz that’s for sure.

mots
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mots

New post from Harry.

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Oh boo hoo. The Chaser Boys (geriatrics) are peeved because the ABC won’t be picking up their wizened election year adolescent comedy coverage this time around. Cry me a river, arseholes:
https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/blogs/tim-blair/chasers-chased-away-by-their-taxfunding-friends/news-story/bc005c7a9ae473774a1724473ef077cc

vecchio
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vecchio

The least costly and reliable power supply, is the only criteria to be used when making judgments in that area. Anything else is madness.

Letthemeatcake
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Letthemeatcake

Snow in Canberra six weeks out from Christmas and Dwarf Head Shorten’s whole election platform is about going to war with carbon dioxide – because the planet is in danger of an imminent global warming induced inferno.

aggie
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aggie

I’ll be walking that year.

cinerama
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cinerama

Tpr. Hardee stops a woman for a traffic violation. She refuses to cooperate. See what happens next and how he handles the situation. Do you think he acted appropriately?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCg7G9pw03E&feature=youtu.be

SaveAus
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SaveAus

Agree with you both. Pity western pollies don’t read the Koran. Muslims know that to be a good muslim, they must obey the tenets of the Koran. If they do, then they are not fit to live among us. Islam is a religious ebola and the curse on western civilisation. Just look at the leaders – Saud ( Sunni ) and Khomeni ( Shiite ) say no more.

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RCR Tomlinson, Perth based engineering company has been placed in the hands of administrators after failing to recover from a disastrous solar energy project in Queensland, this company was founded more than 100 years ago, my dad actually worked for them at one stage – poor old Ernie Tomlinson would be rolling in his grave at this news.

TDG
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The ABC today ..is it scare tactics or the truth ??? Solar battery pledge a savvy move by Labor, but can it survive Coalition scare tactics?

The Coalition dubbed Labor’s pledge to subsidise batteries for households “pink batts to pink batteries”, seeking to trigger memories of Kevin Rudd’s fatal home insulation scheme, proving Scott Morrison’s a much better negative campaigner than Malcolm Turnbull ever was. That is the totally unbiased view of the far left ABC.

cinerama
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Any chance the stupid , low wattage brain power people who call for executions could call for these crime bosses and criminal gangs in Australia who organise for these drug mules, to be investigated?
You wasting your time with the Jew bankers as they are untouchable.

https://www.news.com.au/national/crime/bali-nine-drug-smuggler-renae-lawrences-life-at-risk-upon-return-to-australia/news-story/71e9c2d144d75cfb8dcb107cc5d8da4f

pclevel
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Bat you beat me to it.

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