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
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.


Comments about Invictus by William Ernest Henley

  • (1/23/2020 11:20:00 PM)

    I hate this poem. I have been looking for a long poem for over an hour and still cant find one (Report)Reply

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  • (1/5/2020 1:37:00 PM)

    Each time I read it feels 1st time and its few years since the start... (Report)Reply

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  • (12/27/2019 9:19:00 PM)

    Poetry should be read with passion. This is obviously a robot (Report)Reply

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  • Sanjibsaha Aniketa (12/18/2019 1:04:00 AM)

    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul..... true
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  • Bri Edwards (12/6/2019 11:03:00 AM)

    to MyPoemList

    " Invictus, meaning “unconquerable” or “undefeated” in Latin, is a poem by William Ernest Henley. The poem was written while Henley was in the hospital being treated for tuberculosis of the bone, also known as Pott's disease."

    What KIND of window 'shade' did this guy have? !

    bri

    ;)
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  • (11/23/2019 8:41:00 PM)

    I remember reading this poem 50 years ago in high school. It is a masterpiece and my personal anthem. (Report)Reply

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  • Butch Decatoria (11/14/2019 11:15:00 PM)

    Classic & uplifting, motivated by championing the just man. A great one. (Report)Reply

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  • Midnight Thinker (11/2/2019 9:59:00 PM)

    I love this poem so much. Therefore, when standing outside at the nighttime I mutter it as speaking with universe in a way.; D (Report)Reply

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  • (10/4/2019 3:59:00 PM)

    What wonderful imagery in this extremely fine poem. All I can say is bravo. : -) (Report)Reply

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  • James Mclain (9/22/2019 8:35:00 PM)

    Awesome poem..... James McLain (Report)Reply

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    Drawn back again and again. (Report)Reply

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  • James Mclain (8/30/2019 4:38:00 PM)

    It is a very well penned poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Uche Nwanze (8/19/2019 9:29:00 AM)

    One of my very best poems because from there I have my most favourite quote. This is what keeps me going. It deserve a hundred plus vote.
    ' I am the master of the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.
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  • (7/23/2019 3:37:00 PM)

    " Invictus" is not a modern poem. It is prose set to rhyme and meter. It provokes no thought. It confirms your most unquestioned cliches. (Report)Reply

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  • Adaleigh Ji Yoo (7/22/2019 7:22:00 AM)

    a perpetual poem indeed (Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb Alfateh (5/28/2019 1:46:00 AM)

    rated the great 10+++++++++++++++++++++ (Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb Alfateh (5/28/2019 1:46:00 AM)

    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    great write
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  • (5/18/2019 1:25:00 PM)

    recited by timothy McVeigh on the way to his execution (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, August 18, 2014


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