The Question and Answer section for Rudyard Kipling: Poems is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
"If" covers the essential themes of what it should mean to be an ideal man. They almost all express stoicism of the idealized British gentleman. In particular, a man must be humble, patient, rational, truthful, dependable, and persevering.
This is pretty much summed up in the quote below:We can pull and haul and push and lift and drive, We can print and plough and weave and heat and light, We can run and race and swim and fly and dive, We can see and hear and count and read and...
Which of Kipling's poems are you referring to?