Poetry Speech Essay

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If I can read this slow enough, I will have better chance of getting an A for this speech. If the fire alarm would go off right now, I wouldn’t have to give the rest of my speech today. And if you all convince Mr. Lyon to give me an A on this speech I MIGHT think about giving you all a whole penny. These are all statements that are not unusual in this world. This famous “if” statement is used by millions, I mean billions of people all around the world. It’s a statement of hope in something that otherwise probably won’t happen. It could be a wishful thing or a worried thing. Like if I mess up on this speech I might just ruin my grade. That would not be good for me. I would not like that one bit. Rudyard Kipling used “if” in great way in his poem called "If". 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 on 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

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