If –


If you can make one heap of all your winnings
যদি তুমি তোমার জয় লব্ধ সম্পদ এক করে
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
ভাগ্যের এখলায় বাজি ধরতে পারো
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
আর হেরে গিয়েও আবার গোড়া থেকে শুরু করো
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
আবার ক্ষতি ক্ষতি করে একটাও কথা না বলো
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
যদি দেহ, মন, প্রাণ এক করে শক্তি ধরো
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
যদি কিছু নিঃশেষিত জেনেও তোমার কাজ করে যাও
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
শুধু এইটুকু আছে জেনে যা তোমার ইচ্ছা শক্তি
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’
যা তোমাকে বলে, “লেগে থাকো, হাল ছেড়ো না।”
Many people consider ‘If—’ to be one of the most inspirational poems ever written. It is certainly a poem that has garnered a great deal of attention in popular culture. The poem “If” by Rudyard Kipling is a bundle of suggestions from father to his son. In the poem, the poet tells his son how to cope with different situations in the life ahead. The poem is divided into four stanzas having eight lines each. The rhyme scheme of the poem is ABAB. We will discuss each stanza in detail below.


The poet says that one should make one heap of all the achievements one has made and then take big risks. In other words, one should never be afraid of doing things that can either make one successful or ruin everything (pitch-and-toss). If one fails after taking big risks, he should start again from the beginning without thinking or saying anything about the loss to others. One should try again and again until one succeeds.

In the fifth line, the poet says that one should use his heart and nerve and sinew i.e. courage when one becomes tired or fails. When nothing is left in life, one should have strong will power which may encourage one to “Hold on!”

3.4 Read the poem again and match the following words with their meanings in the next column. Then,

Word বাংলা Meaning Sentence
a. Heap গাদা/ ষ্তুপ 4. To put things on top of each other Your room looks very untidy when you lay your clothes in a heap in the floor
b. Risk ঝুঁকি  3.To do something that might be dangerous You should take a risk to achieve success
c. Pitch-and- toss পিচ-এন্ড-টস  9. A game in which the player who pitches a coin nearest to mark has the first chance to toss all the coins, winning those that land heads up. We feel risk it on one turn of pitch-and- toss
d. Beginning শুরু 1. The start of something The beginning of the game was exciting
e. Breathe a word একটি শব্দ নিঃশ্বাস নিন 8. Don’t say/breathe a word about this to anyone she went on, “I haven’t dared breathe a word to your sister.
f. Sinew পেশীতন্তু 7. a part of the body that connects a muscle to a bone He had plenty of bone and sinew as well as courage
g. Serve সেবা করা 5. Perform duties We should try to serve for humanity
h. Except ছাড়া 2. Not including You can not be successful except hardworking
i. Will ইচ্ছাশক্তি 6. To want to do something I have a will to serve the nation

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