Poem Analysis

The Man Who Thinks He Can – by Walter D. Wintle


If you think you are beaten, you are;

If you think that you dare not, you don’t.

If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t,

it’s almost certain that you won’t.


If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost;

For out in the world you’ll find

Success begins with a fellow’s will –

It’s all in the state of mind.


If you think that you are out-classed, 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 sooner or later, the man who wins

is the man who thinks he can!



  • What the theme of this poem?  How can you tell?
  • What is the best line or lines from the poem to support the poem’s theme? Explain how it supports the theme.
  • Have you ever given up?  What could you have done differently to reach that goal?
  • Why is better to have a positive outlook over a negative one?



Blog Choices due on October 6

Choose at least one of the following posts to blog about.

  1.  What are your fall traditions and why are they important to you and your family?
  2. Interview a family member/friend.  These people can be older than you or younger than you.  If they are younger you could ask things such as “what do you want your future to be like?” If they are older than you, you could ask, “What is something you could change about your past.”  You can interview your ELA teachers if you choose! 🙂