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

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

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

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  • 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

  • Neptune Barman (10/23/2016 7:17:00 AM)

    Very good imagination in the poetry.Each lines hides a story behind. (Report) Reply

  • (9/28/2016 2:15:00 PM)

    my favourite poem of all tine (Report) Reply

  • Mizzy ........ (9/2/2016 5:34:00 PM)

    Very inspirational write indeed. (Report) Reply

  • (6/2/2016 7:36:00 AM)

    One of my favorites, too. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Case (5/17/2016 3:12:00 PM)

    Powerful....I shall rise again. (Report) Reply

  • (5/17/2016 12:38:00 PM)

    Dynamic! Powerful! (Report) Reply

  • (5/17/2016 7:26:00 AM)

    Can someone explain to me why it's a freedom poem? (Report) Reply

    (12/9/2016 10:17:00 PM)

    Read DESTINY by Alvin Townley and you'll know, without doubt.

    R Soos (11/15/2016 7:39:00 AM)

    freedom is something we feel within despite the circumstances happening around us =: -)

  • Woru Sulyman (4/9/2016 5:28:00 PM)

    a real inspiration seasoned with enough conviction.
    for I am the master of my fate
    for I am the captain of my soul.
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  • (3/30/2016 6:02:00 PM)

    Strangely enough, this poem got me through learning to walk again, and I only found out years later that Henley wrote this after losing his leg, and that he was friends with Robert Louis Stevenson, and was the inspiration for Long John Silver. (Report) Reply

    Kim Barney (11/7/2016 5:22:00 PM)

    I never knew those facts before. Thank you for the education.

  • Ahmed Gumaa Siddiek (3/4/2016 7:53:00 AM)

    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.

    Great poem which inspired Mandela all his life and gave him strength to endure imprisonment for 18 years and injustice of the apartheid regime.
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  • (3/1/2016 6:15:00 AM)

    May the gods that guides your quill save you from day to day. (Report) Reply

  • (12/28/2015 2:30:00 AM)

    Staying tough tough tough in all roughs. I am the master of my life. Great poem! (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Case (12/20/2015 9:22:00 AM)

    trudging the road of life...no regrets, no fear...complete confidence (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/20/2015 8:53:00 AM)


    Out of the night that covers me,
    - - Dal profondo della notte che mi avvolge,
    Black as the pit from pole to pole,
    - - nero come un pozzo da un polo a un altro,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    - - ringrazio qualunque dio possa esistere
    For my unconquerable soul.
    - - per la mia anima inespugnabile.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    - - Nella feroce morsa delle circostanze
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    - - non mi sono tirato indietro nè ho gridato forte.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    - - Sotto ai colpi d’ascia della sorte
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.
    - - il mio capo è sanguinante ma indomito.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    - - Oltre questo luogo di collera e lacrime
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    - - incombe solo l’orrore delle ombre,
    And yet the menace of the years
    - - eppure la minaccia degli anni
    Finds and shall find me unafraid.
    - - trova, e mi troverà senza paura.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
    - - Non importa quanto sia stretta la porta,
    How charged with punishments the scroll,
    - - quanto piena di punizioni la pergamena,
    I am the master of my fate:
    - - io sono padrone del mio destino:
    I am the captain of my soul.
    - - io sono capitano della mia anima.
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/20/2015 8:51:00 AM)

    Il titolo della poesia, “Invictus”, fa riferimento al latino e significa “non vinto”; venne dato dal critico letterario Arthur Quiller-Couch, che riconobbe la grandezza della poesia aggiungendola alla sua antologia fondamentale delle poesie inglesi.
    All’età di 12 anni, William Ernest Henley rimase vittima del morbo di Pott, una grave forma di tubercolosi ossea. Nonostante ciò, riuscì a continuare i suoi studi e a tentare una carriera giornalistica a Londra. Il suo lavoro, però, fu interrotto continuamente dalla grave patologia, che all’età di 25 anni lo costrinse all’amputazione di una gamba per sopravvivere. Henley non si scoraggiò e continuò a vivere per circa 30 anni con una protesi artificiale, fino all’età di 53 anni.
    La poesia Invictus fu scritta proprio sul letto di un ospedale.
    La poesia era usata da Nelson Mandela per alleviare gli anni della sua prigionia durante l’apartheid.
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  • (11/18/2015 7:47:00 AM)

    ....a superb write ★
    I am the master of my fate
    (Report) Reply

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