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Liam Wilford

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Transcript of Thinking

By Walter D. Wintle

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don't;
If you'd like to win, but think you can't,
It's almost a cinch you won't.

If you think you'll lose, you're lost,
For out in the word we find
Success begins with a fellow's will,
It's all in the state of mind.

If you think you're outclassed, you are;
You've got to think high to rise.
You've got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life's battles don't always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.

The poem is about believing in yourself, and the power of positive thinking. It also talks about what will happen if you fail to have faith in yourself. The poet believes that to achieve success, one has to believe in one's self. As he states in the last lines of the poem,
"Success begins with a fellow's will,/It's all in the state of mind."
The first stanza is rather negative; it only focuses on what will happen if you don't believe in yourself.
"If you'd like to win, but think you can't/
It's almost a cinch you won't."
First Stanza
Second Stanza
The second stanza starts out negative, and then begins to turn it positive. It begins to become a positive message during the third line; It stops talking about failure and starts talking about success.
"Success begins with a fellow's will,"
In the third Stanza, it is mostly positive. It begins on a negative note, but then goes positive from there. There is a note of caution in the message, saying you need to be sure of yourself.
Third Stanza
The fourth stanza is the most powerful of the poem. It begins by saying that skill doesn't always mean success; you need to believe in yourself to acheive success in life.
Fourth Stanza
Walter D. Wintle
Walter D. Wintle was a poet who lived in the late 19th and early 20th century. Unfortunately, little is known about his life.
Literary Devices
Literary Devices
This poem makes use of rhythm, and rhyme to make its message more powerful. It has rhythm in all of it's line. Every second line rhymes in the poem
Themes in the poem
There are two main themes in this poem. The two themes are opposite to one another, and emphasize each other. They balance each other with their messages.
The poem begins focusing on the negative, and what will cause you to fail in life. There is a theme of "Don't do this" in the first few lines. There is a list of what causes failures, and why people do not succeed.
The other theme in the poem is one of success. There is a theme of "Do this" in the lines. The poem encourages the reader to believe in themselves, and if they do so, they will have success.
Theses two themes are different from one another, but they both send the same message of believing in one's self. They emphasize self-empowerment, and positive thinking. They say this from two different perspectives, but balance each other to complement the message that they both are communicating. The poem says that belief is the most important factor in success.
"The Man Who Thinks He Can"http://www.poetryfountain.com/poems/inspirational006.html
"Thinking (poem)" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking_(poem)
Pictures related to Poem
Theme One: Don't
Theme Two: Do
(Known colloquially as "The Man Who Thinks He Can")
"Walter D. Wintle" http://allpoetry.com/Walter_D_Wintle 
Thank you for your time. Are there any questions?
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