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 this poem (Invictus by William Ernest Henley )

  • Rookie Erika Leslie Noble (5/26/2004 1:23:00 PM)

    Henley had tuberculosis in his joints and was confined to bed. He wrote this piece as a fight against illness. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Eric Ratcliffe (5/22/2004 3:13:00 AM)

    written during or just after Henley entered Edinburgh hospital, where Joseph Lister the pioneer of antiseptic surgery, saved his remaining foot. Where also he met his future wife, Anna Boyle. (Report) Reply



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