Chetan Kapur – Inspired By Poetry


Chetan Kapur finds considerable enjoyment in poetry, but also finds much inspiration from it. One of Chetan Kapur’s favorite poets, Rudyard Kipling, wrote ‘IF’. The excerpt below is especially moving:

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.

Another great work by poet Rudyard Kipling, appreciated by Chetan Kapur, is entitled,
“When Earth’s Last Picture Is Painted”. An excerpt:

And only the Master shall praise us.
And only the Master shall blame.
And no one will work for the money.
No one will work for the fame.
But each for the joy of the working,
And each, in his separate star,
Will draw the thing as he sees it.
For the God of things as they are!

Rudyard Kipling won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1907. In 1894 appeared his Jungle Book,
which became a children’s classic all over the world.