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CLIP 9207

Reading of Rudyard Kipling’s poem 'If'

Reading of Rudyard Kipling’s poem 'If'
Key Info
  • Reading of Rudyard Kipling’s poem 'If'
  • Duration: 03:02
  • Des Lynam reads Rudyard Kipling's poem 'If' to a background of clips from the 1998 World Cup in France. This clip is published as part of the BBC Poetry Season, for more materials on this poet and poetry in general visit the website - Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Poetry: 19th Century

  • Keywords: Kipling, football, principles, behaviour, advice, triumph, defeat
Ideas for use in class
  • Despite the distracting operatic background music, this is a clear professional recitation of the poem with some very apt images and a good way to start to examine the poem. Students will probably not have encountered the poem (or Kipling) and so will not have the cultural baggage that sometimes affects a reading of the poem. Ask the simplest question – what does the poet recommend as a good way to live?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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