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On the distribution of Triumph and Disaster in Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’

Everyone knows a few lines from Kipling’s poem ‘If’. It was written in 1910, apparently as an homage to the charismatic mercenary, toff and politician Leander Starr Jameson, who led a notorious failed coup against the Boer government in South Africa. It’s particularly loved by sportspeople. In her autobiography, English ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington …
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