William Ernest Henley

Gloucester / England
William Ernest Henley
Gloucester / England
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Invictus

Rating: 4.6
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.
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Rose Marie Juan-austin 26 December 2020
A powerful and very inspiring poem. So beautifully written and and well crafted
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Jan Framewell 09 December 2020
This is me overcoming everything.
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If one only quotes the last two lines of the poem, he/she misses the broad scope of life Henley lays out in rhyme. I remember studying this poem in high school, but never appreciated it as I should have until I read it in adulthood. Worth memorizing!
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Whatever happen through out life I'm master of my fate I'm the captain of my soul. Very true.
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