If I Were King | A Poem by Alan Alexander Milne

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If I were a King, I would daily look in the mirror and say, “Now, that’s what a king looks like.” What would you do?

Definitely, there are other things too that I would do.

If I Were King – The Poem

I often wish I were a King,
And then I could do anything.

If only I were King of Spain,
I’d take my hat off in the rain.

If only I were King of France,
I wouldn’t brush my hair for aunts.

I think, if I were King of Greece,
I’d push things off the mantelpiece.

If I were King of Norroway,
I’d ask an elephant to stay.

If I were King of Babylon,
I’d leave my button gloves undone.

If I were King of Timbuctoo,
I’d think of lovely things to do.

If I were King of anything,
I’d tell the soldiers, “I’m the King!”

~ by A. A. Milne

Things I Would Do If I Were King

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  1. I would be the king of the world. And the whole world will be one big nation. Free movement of men, material, and money.
  2. If I were king, there would be no capitalism. All the manufacturers would have to sell their produce to the government at fair prices.
  3. If I were a King, there would have been stricter law enforcement.
  4. If I were king, there would have been a greater investment in R&D, technological advancements, greater pro-active health care, and of course disease management.
  5. Mental health would be the biggest focus.
  6. Any sort of wastage would be a punishable crime. Be it food, or clothing, or fuel. There would be limits to the number of articles of clothing each individual could by during a given period of time (depending on the weather conditions in the area).
  7. Education would be compulsory, but much more liberal. Everyone would have the freedom to choose what they want to learn, even they would be able to create their own options. Education system would have a special focus on ethics and moral values.
  8. Production and research for creating any sort of arms and ammunition would be banned and would be considered the biggest offense.
  9. There would be no homeless people. Everyone would have houses with all the required amenities and basic requirements.
  10. Also, if I were a king, no individuals, families, or any other entity would have the right to ownership of land. The land would completely be state property.
  11. Violence against animals would be a reprehensible offense. In fact, any sort of violence would not be tolerated.
  12. There would be very strict laws for environmental protection. In fact, environmental education would be compulsory and would be taught like religion.
  13. Production and sale of drugs, narcotics, cigarettes, or tobacco products would be banned. I would also think about restricting the sale and consumption of high-cholesterol junk food.
  14. I would promote natural beauty in everyone and would restrict entities promoting unnatural, harmful techniques of beauty enhancement. That would include restricting the promotion of extreme supplements and steroids given for muscle building. Here again, mental health promotion would come to aid, as it would help people to accept the beauty in them, the way they are.
  15. And lastly, the king would be worshiped as God. Just kidding! No man would be worshiped or would be considered as a Godman/Godwoman. And every man and woman would be respected.

Alan Alexander Milne

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Alan Alexander Milne (18 January 1882 – 31 January 1956) was an English author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh and for various poems. Milne was a noted writer, primarily as a playwright, before the huge success of Pooh overshadowed all his previous work. Milne served in both World Wars, joining the British Army in World War I, and was a captain of the British Home Guard in World War II.

He is the father of bookseller Christopher Robin Milne, upon whom the character Christopher Robin is based.

To read more about A. A. Milne, click here.

If I Were King – The Poem Summary / Analysis

“If I Were King” is about a child dreaming of all the things he would do if he were the king. He would run the world differently than other kings by focusing on enjoyment. He somehow seems to believe that he could even change the laws of nature. This poem is so adorable.

The poem has a rhyming scheme of AA BB CC DD and so on.

Fun Fact

A.A. Milne started his writing career by writing funny articles for various magazines.

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