I had so much fun with last week’s “The Raven” Read Off I decided to do it again.
This week I’m pitting celebrities reading Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If.”
In today’s pit we have English actor Martin Shaw reading against Dennis Lee Hopper, an American actor, filmmaker, photographer and artist.
Beautiful poem, American Hopper versus English Shaw. Who wins?
“If—” first appeared in the “Brother Square Toes” chapter of the book Rewards and Fairies, a collection of Kipling’s poetry and short-story fiction, published in 1910. In his posthumously published autobiography, Something of Myself (1937), Kipling said that, in writing the poem, he was inspired by the military actions of Leander Starr Jameson, leader of the failed Jameson Raid against the Transvaal Republic to overthrow the Boer Government of Paul Kruger.