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

  • 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

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  • 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 - 20 Points Alexa Castillo (2/2/2012 10:56:00 AM)

    ...I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.

    -i aboslutely LOVE this (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Brianna Winebarger (1/20/2012 10:14:00 AM)

    THis poem is excellent and soulful. words can't describe it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Afolabi Boluwatife 'muyiwa (1/14/2012 6:33:00 AM)

    Just one word for it 'invigorating' (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 Faye Facer (1/6/2012 2:11:00 AM)

    Excellent philosophy.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Judith Furedi (12/26/2011 12:01:00 PM)

    The last two lines lift it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Lexie Bousman (11/13/2011 7:30:00 PM)

    too 'sing-songy'
    read a modern book of poetry (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,298 Points Giorgio Veneto (10/12/2011 5:00:00 PM)

    Excellent, someone may say it is close to mine in quality and strength of expression (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 460 Points marvin brato (10/5/2011 4:45:00 AM)

    Excellent write, profound sentiments! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Arpita Choudhury (9/13/2011 6:35:00 AM)

    brilliant and uplifting poem! (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

  • Silver Star - 3,936 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

  • Silver Star - 3,936 Points Dave Walker (8/22/2011 6:28:00 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

  • Rookie Clifford Hewitt (8/20/2011 12:47:00 PM)

    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul

    ^ ^ <3 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Mel Williams (8/14/2011 1:08:00 PM)

    Having just lost a wife I nursed for three years and who considered this one of her favorite poems, it is clear Mr Henley truly understood the abyss and the courage needed to navigate it. (Report) Reply










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