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A couple weeks ago, Joanna from A Cup of Jo, hosted a challenge on her blog to learn a poem by heart. Of course I joined in and although I learned another one (a German poem by one of my favourites – Rainer Maria Rilke) I stumbled across the poem If by Rudyard Kipling again. Funnily enough, I read it the first time in Bridget Jones because it is cited fully there (who else did?) and really liked, but somehow forgot about it. Here it is:

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 Man, my son!

I think it would take a little longer than a week to learn it, but who wants to try?

art // ideal bookshelf

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I came across a really great art project by Jane Mount today. It’s called Ideal Bookshelf and you can commission her to paint the spines of your favourite books, the books that changed your life and made you who you are today (a little bit) – or you can get art prints of other people’s ideal bookshelf. I love both books and art, so that’s pretty cool right? I’m definitely going to have one custom made if I ever have the money.

Which books would be ‘portrayed’ on your bookshelf? I think mine would definitely contain classics like Pride & Prejudice or Atonement, but maybe also some books I just loved reading like 44 Scotland Street.

Pictures via Ideal Bookshelf.


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