William Ernest Henley

(1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)

Invictus - Poem by William Ernest Henley

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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Comments about Invictus by William Ernest Henley

  • Dimond Vp (9/9/2015 9:45:00 AM)


    this is my all time favorite poem i memorized it all! ! ! (Report) Reply

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  • Pamela Sinicrope (9/6/2015 1:01:00 PM)


    I love the drama of this poem...Fun to read aloud! (Report) Reply

  • (8/4/2015 3:32:00 AM)


    There is a movie called "invictus". Is that movie named after this poem? (Report) Reply

  • (7/16/2015 2:37:00 PM)


    i am the master of my soul. (Report) Reply

  • Ovi-enita Odiete (7/13/2015 8:45:00 PM)


    Such an enthralling poem. (Report) Reply

  • Briony Nicholls (7/9/2015 5:37:00 AM)


    This is a poem with an irresistible and inspiring message, that is for certain. Yet in spite of its strong assertion that we are indeed the captain of our soul, we are reminded of instances when this may not be entirely true. The effect is like the well known basic law of physics - whatever force is applied against a brick wall, the brick wall applies equal force in opposition so that both are cancelled out. That is how I find myself reacting to this poem. (Report) Reply

  • safiya husain (6/13/2015 12:52:00 PM)


    My favorite (Report) Reply

  • Naida Nepascua Supnet (5/19/2015 10:20:00 AM)


    No one can ever help you except yourself
    And no one can decide your fate except you

    Oh William, How good you are.
    (Report) Reply

  • (5/18/2015 1:14:00 AM)


    One of my favourite poems. (Report) Reply

  • Joen Coronel (5/1/2015 10:56:00 PM)


    aNOTHER GREAT POEM TO LIVE BY (Report) Reply

  • val Rogers (4/17/2015 8:40:00 PM)


    Master of my fate. Captain of my soul. Great words great poem. (Report) Reply

  • (4/6/2015 6:01:00 PM)


    MARKO... you sir are an idiot! Its clear that you do not appreciate poetry...! (Report) Reply

  • (4/2/2015 4:58:00 AM)


    A true Satanic poem. Gods not God (Report) Reply

  • (4/2/2015 4:57:00 AM)


    A true Satanic poem. He thanks Gods not God. (Report) Reply

  • Crystal Pierce (3/31/2015 6:44:00 PM)


    A very well put poem.
    I am the captain of my soul.
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  • Matthew Holloway (3/28/2015 2:42:00 PM)


    I really enjoyed this wonderful write (Report) Reply

  • Soul Watcher (3/13/2015 1:47:00 AM)


    Fantastic, , , , , I like it very much (Report) Reply

  • Madathil Rajendran Nair (3/12/2015 9:22:00 AM)


    He seems to believe in unconquerable free will. So be it. A heartening poem when darkness looms large all around us. Who am I to rate this? But, yet if I get a few points, why not? William Ernest Henley - here is tenner from my wallet, which is all that a poor man like me can hope to spare. (Report) Reply

  • (1/24/2015 4:41:00 PM)


    @BRANT KOHICK - I just don't think you understand the message he's trying to convey in this poem...
    First of all I just cant see how all those things you mentioned are relevant to this poem? I mean who is talking about creation in the first place? He actually thanks God for his ''unconquerable soul''..
    But the main idea behind this poem is to encourage&inspire the reader by explaining that one can have control over their lives by being strong when facing problems/obstacles and overcoming those challenges in life without turning bitter, weak, and hopeless...
    Regardless of how hard life might get, he is not giving up - - ](''my head is bloody but unbowed'') by this he isn't at all rebelling against God...
    It just simply means, that he will stay strong

    P.S. I believe in God too, of course this (our universe) did not just happen by chance it would be impossible... You do not need to actually see God himself to be convinced of his existence, all you need to do is look out your window... Look at a tree or smt...concentrate on your heartbeat...Everything is a proof that God is The Lord!
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  • (12/25/2014 6:15:00 AM)


    The poem reminds me of Nelson Mandela's story. It's exquisite, powerful, highly inspirational, a master piece... (Report) Reply



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