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(1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
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  • John Vincent (7/7/2013 8:36:00 AM)

    This is brilliant anti-religious poetry. Religions are pure sociopathic fatalism. This poetry smashes that lie. Inshallah? God willing? No. He is the master of his fate. He is the captain of his soul.

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  • John Hardesty (6/30/2013 4:05:00 PM)

    The poem bears mortality in a guessing gracious view of the blest life he has lived thus far! Either by luck or fate, he has sustained! !

  • L Garnham (6/28/2013 3:19:00 PM)

    also he's says he's thankful for the gods at the start, he uses what they have given him rather than expecting them to solve his problems for him.

  • L Garnham (6/28/2013 3:17:00 PM)

    Seems there are a lot of Christians commenting on this, I like this poem, not because it is anti-religion or God, I don't see it as such but because I really admire the spirit of the character it is about. Someone who doesn't give up not matter what life throws at them, that struggles through and keeps going despite all the suffering and pain that they are put through. I see them as someone fighting either for a cause they really believe in or maybe for someone they love (not necessarily a partner, perhaps a child or a friend) .
    I like the message that when it comes down to it we have to solve our own problems we can't expect someone else, not even a god to do it for us. Perhaps that god will say to us I gave you the ability to help yourself and you didn't use it. Why then should I help you?

  • Rachel Evans (6/25/2013 6:34:00 AM)

    Guys, do you not think that William Henley is entitled to his own view? Surely the theme of the poem is that we alone are masters of our fate. He has no belief in an afterlife but puts his faith in the courage of man when faced with adversity. I do think that to change the words of this poem simply to fit with your own religious belief is to dishonour not only the poet, but your fellow man. Is not each one of us entitled to our own beliefs?

  • Don Mars (6/20/2013 4:41:00 PM)

    cmon people regardless of relision God has given us the gift and the freedom to chose how we want to live our lives. that is the basis of this masterpiece

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  • Patrick Kilgallon (6/14/2013 8:30:00 PM)

    I believe that this poem is all about interpretation. I try to see this poem as Nelson Mandela did. He used this poem to inspire him to no matter what the pain, circumstances, or unfairness of a situation of a situation he controlled himself and did not hate the white people who had oppressed him due to apartheid. I understand the controversy around captain of my soul, but I see that as controlling myself. This is what Jesus did. He took the pain and suffering delivered by the Roman soldiers, but he did not hate them. In fact, he loved them as he does everyone. He controlled himself. Christians are supposed to pursue Christ and this poem to me as a Christian doesn't tell me I'm the captain of my soul. I see that as a metaphor for I can control myself and love my enemies. The second greatest commandment.

  • Devin Baur (6/11/2013 4:35:00 AM)

    And Stephan...to understand, maybe one has to know struggle

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