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

  • Joshua Adeyemi (4/23/2017 3:26:00 PM)

    Determination, fearlessness,
    Tis all we need to be successful.
    Good compositin.
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  • Oratile Diratsagae (4/14/2017 11:52:00 PM)

    this is so good. peace (Report) Reply

  • Upendra Majhi (4/3/2017 4:47:00 AM)

    His mind is without fear Courage is the best virtue. He has realised that his soul is invincible..He is advising all of us to develop such strong mind.Circumstances has taken him in its octopus grip, but he is not crying.His head is bleeding of burden of bad chances, but he keeps his head high.He says he is the master of his fate and captain of his soul. (Report) Reply

  • (3/25/2017 11:08:00 PM)

    I recited Invictus as part of our seventh grade regional forensics contest and was awarded 2nd place. Always
    loved the poem.
    Take heart! Never give up. Never surrender. (Galaxy Quest)
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  • (2/16/2017 12:48:00 PM)

    Amazing (Report) Reply

  • (2/13/2017 4:12:00 PM)

    I love it (Report) Reply

  • Ila Manish (2/1/2017 6:12:00 AM)

    one of the most inspiring poems I have read... (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (12/30/2016 4:27:00 PM)

    tom allport
    never surrender what ever life throws at us, keep going till no more? (Report) Reply

  • (11/18/2016 12:44:00 PM)

    Facing Fear Head-on
    I understand this poem so clearly living a life full in the Fell Clutch of Circumstance. We have to accept whatever life throws at us with strength, dignity, and sometimes anger, never giving in. And when we find ourselves thinking about letting go when we are in the Horror of the Shade, we somehow have to move forward, It Matters Not How Strait The Gait, How Charged With Punishments The Scroll, because We Are The Masters Of Our Fate, The Captain Of Our Soul. It is our life and we need purpose of strength to let others know we deserve dignity, even in our darkest moments. I believe this to be one of the greatest poems of our society, that with a few words can stir within us the courage that we do not believe we possess. These words take away my darkness for a short while giving me time to think about what I have that circumstances in life cannot take! (Report) Reply

  • (11/16/2016 1:07:00 PM)

    powerful presentation .... (Report) Reply

  • R Soos (11/15/2016 7:36:00 AM)

    good to have memorized for the days we face struggle (Report) Reply

  • Johnmark O Okechukwu (11/7/2016 10:46:00 PM)

    Very nice choice of words and great motivation! No giving up....bravo! (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (11/7/2016 9:31:00 AM)

    I am the master of my fate: , I am the captain of my soul. Well said, Sir. For good or bad, you are your own master and also your destiny too is in your own hands. Thanks for the thought provoking quite philosophical poem. (Report) Reply

  • Vevonulu Cho-o (11/7/2016 8:17:00 AM)

    Write title
    I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul Nice lines. (Report) Reply

  • (11/7/2016 5:39:00 AM)

    self motivating lines...
    good one sir...
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/7/2016 2:46:00 AM)

    Out of the night
    I am the captain of my soul! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (11/7/2016 2:30:00 AM)

    fate master
    I am the master of my fate, great/ (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (11/7/2016 12:39:00 AM)

    This poem gifts the reader a great slogan to say boldly I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul. impressive, catchy poem- 10
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  • Robert Murray Smith (11/7/2016 12:32:00 AM)

    A good plsin English poem. We are our own masters. (Report) Reply

  • Earnest Gatuma (11/6/2016 9:09:00 AM)

    Victory indeed is under my control: So encouraging. I love this poem it is so motivating. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, August 18, 2014

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