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Kipling scholars discover new poem: ‘Iffy’

Stunned literature scholars have discovered a poem they believe influenced Rudyard Kipling’s famously inspirational verse ‘If’. Entitled ‘Iffy’, the poem, by Kipling’s little-known cousin Stamford Baines, contains the lines ‘If you can meet with triumph and disaster / and treat those two impostors just the same / you’ve probably been rogered senseless once too often at public school / and fallen for all that stiff upper lip crap.’ [read...]

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