William Ernest Henley

(1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)


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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  • Rookie Yolo Mcswaggington (3/6/2014 8:35:00 PM)

    This poem is about a man and his ugly wife. They both like to butt-bash their blubbery asses together in a mid-air butt-five. The sad part of this poem is that they have indigestion and whenever they smack their big butts together, they shit everywhere and let the poop splatter all over the place. They also fart which makes everything smell really bad. If I were William Henley I would buy the man and his wife some butt plus so that that they can't poop everywhere.

    However, this poem represents how people shit in their cubicles with their pants all the way down on the floor. The surprising part of this poem is how they whistle while shitting and also fart for like about 20 seconds...

    P.S. Don't forget to fart after you read this... Already Reported Reply

  • Rookie Aaaqil Medalla (2/17/2014 2:34:00 AM)

    Soccer is so fun,
    I kick the ball and run,
    I score and it is now 1 to none,
    I can't believe on what ive done,
    Times up we won! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 1 Points Patrick Dennis (2/7/2014 1:42:00 AM)

    Doom, doom, doom, doom. Doom and darkness everywhere. Very depressing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Aaaqil Medalla (2/4/2014 6:47:00 PM)

    Glitches with no witches
    Games have scary witches,
    That don’t need scary witches.
    Some games are for kids,
    That don’t need to be in Madrid.
    In Mario three scary figures will appear,
    And the figures will not flee like fear.
    In a game called Half-Life,
    Will scare you like a bread knife.
    Zombies in Half-Life say something unhuman.
    Reverse it and the zombies say this
    It will scare you like a toddler’s yelp.
    In a game called Paranormal,
    The game is so unnormal.
    Look in a cracked wall,
    You see a bunny on a bed,
    It is funny on your head.
    Look again,
    And the bunny looks at you.
    There is a game called Black Ops,
    Get a sniper,
    Scope up,
    And see a face appear. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Aaaqil Medalla (2/3/2014 9:07:00 PM)


    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll.
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.
    William Ernest Henley (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points Francis G Kariuki (1/5/2014 1:22:00 AM)

    Such inspirational...! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 1 Points Charles Monroe (12/29/2013 1:12:00 PM)

    ”For the Gangster Sh_t I do

    Mother Earth and Father Time
    Listen to your Children’s rhyme
    Hoping prayer can get me through
    All the Gangster Shit I do.

    Word to Wordsworth, word to Keats
    Hieroglyphs within my sheets
    Word to Gorky, Word to Pablo
    Word to Diego, and Leonardo
    I am the result of those
    Of whom Time and Nature chose.

    Word to Juana word to Sylvia
    Word to Sandra and Virginia
    Word to Maya Angelou
    My graffiti Popol Vuh,
    Hope the Universe forgive me
    For the Gangster shit I do.

    ... Imperium (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,403 Points Kay Staley (12/26/2013 7:18:00 PM)

    Very well written to inspire the reader to question whether they indeed are their own master. The allusive imagery is very powerful creating a dark background for the words to fall upon. It starts with terror and ends with the idea of being the conquer which makes it want the typical American would find useful to apply to themselves. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 226 Points Skywee Gh (12/23/2013 6:10:00 AM)

    i am the captain of my soul (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rasmus Elton (12/20/2013 8:19:00 AM)

    One Life, only once do you get to get it right.

    Nelson knew that.. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,503 Points Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (12/18/2013 9:47:00 AM)

    I continue to find this poem very arresting and beautiful. Very inspirational to see the courage ahd conviction unfolding But in the end, can we really say that we are the master of our soul when death calls us? (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 602 Points Shahzia Batool (12/18/2013 12:28:00 AM)

    a strong voice of an unconquered soul...a strong poem and a must read...it added Invictus to my vocab too... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Emmanuel Odunowo (12/14/2013 5:51:00 AM)

    No Humanitarian heart or mind be so this made. and no sun Pluto can conquer this mercury shade. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Malelega Kirwan (12/7/2013 3:10:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem and seen the fantastic movie about Nelson Mandela.May you rest in peace Madiba. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Edward Webb (12/6/2013 8:05:00 PM)

    This poem shows that even in death there is a victory,
    The final lines have the importance of drawing it back to I (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 4 Points Jessica Mcquistan (12/1/2013 3:50:00 PM)

    I feel that Henley is trying to say that even though there is a lot of hardships in life we are the ones who have the strength to perservere through it all. Hence the part that says I am the master of my fate
    I am the captain of my soul (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 415 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (10/23/2013 5:28:00 AM)

    Beyond this place of joy or fears
    Transient, there is a place
    Where no more are we puppets of fate
    And dwell eternal in love and grace.....

    (Everybody welcome to my page) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Colin Beard (10/17/2013 12:27:00 PM)

    To put to rest all of the religious/ anti-religious debate over the poem, can I just ask one question? Does it really matter? I consider myself a religious person, but even I recognize this as one of the most powerful and influential poems ever written. However, if we were to truly understand the meaning of this poem, we must take into consideration what Henley meant by the word, soul. If you look over his biography, you learn that he suffered many hardships in his life including the death of his six year old daughter as well as an amputation. Yet despite the many trials of life, he was able to prevail. I think he meant by soul that we, as humans, have the unique ability to overcome any obstacle, despite the fell clutch of circumstance, whether this ability was given to us from God or not. And that we, being the captain of our fate have complete control over the choices that we make, which will inevitably control the course of our destiny. So really, i don't believe that this poem is religious or anti-religious, but rather it is neutral. But what do I know? I'm just a high-school teenager. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Alaa Hussain (10/12/2013 7:22:00 PM)

    (Days) apologized to me a friend and
    said, I've missed the old days very
    simple words routine life fixed
    principles do not budge the rest of the
    time to renew and promised era and
    tender (Report) Reply

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