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

  • Gold Star - 4,988 Points Walterrean Salley (9/14/2014 11:41:00 PM)

    Mr Henley has done an incredible job with this poem. Among the favorites that I committed to memory years ago. (Report) Reply

    61 person liked.
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  • Gold Star - 39,822 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/14/2014 9:33:00 PM)

    This is one of the best poem of the poet A cliff stood high (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,428 Points Sagnik Chakraborty (9/11/2014 5:15:00 PM)

    An all-time favourite of mine, the poem's about indomitable courage in the face of all odds. Incidentally, after I read it for the first time, it got etched in my psyche in such a way that I adopted its title, meaning 'unvanquished' in Latin, as a part of my Email ID.
    I'll always love this magnificent verse by Henley. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Brent Cohick (8/2/2014 4:38:00 PM)

    Ok, I find it very disheartening, the absolute darkness of this piece. To look into the beauty of creation and not be able to see a creator, one must simply be blind. it's like gazing at a Rembrandt and saying that's a blank canvas with some chicken scratch on it. To believe that all of this is formed at chance? I am proud to say I'm not stubborn enough to have never bowed my head to God. I am humbled by what my Master did for me. His name is Jesus. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 28 Points Greta Albu (1/24/2015 4:38:00 PM)

    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!

    Rookie - 28 Points Greta Albu (1/24/2015 4:36:00 PM)

    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!

    Rookie - 28 Points Greta Albu (1/24/2015 4:35:00 PM)

    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!

  • Gold Star - 33,436 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (7/5/2014 10:27:00 PM)

    I am the captain of the soul......wonderful creation of poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 307 Points Nancy Oyula (6/11/2014 8:48:00 AM)

    Nothing but excellence....... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 29 Points Ben Miller (5/1/2014 9:27:00 PM)

    He displaces perfectly contradicting theories of being a tool of fate (when he speaks of gods controlling his abilities) or having the choice in your life. Also he shows in the last paragraph that even in the uncontrollable situations that are presented to you, How charged the punishments of the scroll, you are still the captain of your soul. Finally he shows that the ability to think critically about how much control you have over your own life proves that you have at least basic ability. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 22,689 Points * Sunprincess * (4/27/2014 12:32:00 AM)

    ......an amazing poem....love these lines
    ~I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.~
    truly everyone is the captain of their own soul
    through space and time, therefore we actually
    do travel alone.... and not knowing
    exactly when, where or what time our journey
    shall come to an end....is the greatest surprise
    life shall give us.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (4/25/2014 9:26:00 AM)

    I like this its very inspirational (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 8,051 Points Herbert Guitang (4/25/2014 7:19:00 AM)

    A good encouragement to all who are down and hopeless (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,723 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (4/1/2014 11:28:00 AM)

    One of my favorite poems.It speaks of free will and independence the first time I heard it read was a poetry convention several years ago...Poets certainly have mighty voices... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,723 Points Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (4/1/2014 11:28:00 AM)

    One of my favorite poems.It speaks of free will and independence the first time I heard it read was a poetry convention several years ago...Poets certainly have mighty voices... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Jagruti Mohapatra (3/26/2014 8:54:00 AM)

    It gives me strength to endure all the pain life throws at me. I read this poem when I am feeling down or lost or hopeless. It gives me courage to stand strong and work hard to achieve my dream. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 130 Points Cassaries Johnson (3/6/2014 11:42:00 PM)

    A nice, simple poem about controlling one's own destiny. If only more people would actually control their lives instead relying on other people or a divine being to do it for them. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Yolo Mcswaggington (3/6/2014 8:36:00 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 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
    “GOD HELP ME! GOD HELP! ”
    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










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