the poet makes effective use of the repetition of the refrain 'If you can't be...' What kind of an effect does this have on the reader Does the repetition help the poet to influence the reader in any way? the poem is Be the best.
The refrain 'If you can't be' is used by the poet in 'Be the Best' to add rhyme and rhythm to the poem. It also helps emphasise the main idea of the poem: you may not be what you desired to be, but, be the best of whatever you are ! The poet wants to stress the importance of taking pride in our work, however small it may appear, and doing it to the best of our ability.