William Ernest Henley

(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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  • Rookie Cassandra Gillespie (5/8/2012 12:38:00 PM)

    My fiance was killed in a car accident while I was 7 months pregnant. Now I'm a single mother to our 6 mo son, and am just beginning to feel joy again. I recently heard this poem for the first time, and I find myself reading it over and over some days. It helps renew my strength and reminds me not to fear the future. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Zofie Wingmaker (4/5/2012 11:40:00 AM)

    I love this poem. Out of all the ones my teacher is making us recite this is my overall favorite! ! ! ! ! I wish William was still alive so I could ask him some questions. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Paulina Sbrocchi (3/9/2012 11:36:00 PM)

    Invictus
    by William Ernest Henley

    A testament to the indomitable human spirit!
    A promise of hope above all trials.

    There is freedom of choice in all experience because ultimately we define our own destinies!

    Love the power of the message in this poem!

    Paulina D. Sbrocchi (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Stevn P (3/2/2012 8:43:00 AM)

    Such a brilliant poem! I once studied this during the Adair Research Classical English Week - made such a change to my attitude to work, and it infected most of my lab!

    You could say poetry is the best virus of all ;) (These captcha codes get get awfully ironic sometimes don't they? RTJxGJFF was the worst I've seen!) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jessica Mcquistan (2/24/2012 12:49:00 PM)

    this poem means a lot to me, especially the last stanza, which basically says you rule your own live no one can tell you what to do (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Duane Treacy (2/6/2012 9:56:00 AM)

    I also am an amputee and this poem speaks volumes about overcoming all lifes difficulties (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Aditi Dutta (2/6/2012 9:15:00 AM)

    This poem gives me the goose bumps every time i read it. A very impactive write...the words simply cut through the heart and leave their mark there for ever. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jose Luis Bobes (2/4/2012 10:33:00 PM)

    Inspirational. It makes you understand the character of Nelson Mandela, Maravilloso, Lleno de corage (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Camille Casserly (1/9/2012 8:35:00 PM)

    Just beautiful. Every time I read it, I feel so much. When I forget, It reminds me of my personal strength; that part of me no burden can wash away. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jack Strange (9/10/2011 4:43:00 PM)

    Chien
    To the tune of “Invictus”

    Out in the lanes where laughs not Mirth,
    Where maggots thrive 'mid offal fogs,
    A mongrel mutt wreaked lethal birth
    Unto a host of puppy dogs.

    Six guileless hounds were spewed in Hell,
    The dowager vaporing, dead.
    Five unlicked pups heaved blind and fell
    Until but one might Being wed.

    Then I, bereft of Pride's respect,
    My spirit cold spurned to this sty,
    Touched humble fur-O dim reject!
    For me his spark refused to die!

    It matters not how mixed his blood,
    How flea-infected be his skin;
    I now command this canine stud,
    I am the master of Chien.

    - Jack Strange, Would-Be Poems (2001) (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,426 Points Dave Walker (8/22/2011 6:34:00 AM)

    Read my poem called, for
    Michael hicky. A true story.
    He was one of the bridgewater four.
    Who was in charge of his fate? . (Report) Reply

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