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

  • Vivek Mishra (10/29/2015 11:39:00 AM)

    one of the absolute favourites :) (Report) Reply

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  • (9/26/2015 4:35:00 PM)

    I love the line I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. so much, am thinking of getting it as a tattoo (Report) Reply

  • (9/24/2015 7:05:00 AM)

    To me it seems a pity that this fine poem will always be associated with Timothy McVeigh, the Oklahoma City bomber, who chose the final couplet as his last words in the execution chamber. That said, he could hardly have chosen a more apposite poem to quote, given his circumstances and political beliefs.

    Knowing what McVeigh did, challenges the reader to consider whether unapologetic defiance - which resonates in the poem as a whole, and with which McVeigh met his end - is always the noblest instinct, or for that matter, justified.
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    Moira Cameron (3/2/2016 11:06:00 PM)

    How interesting to read your comment. I read the poem for the first time moments ago. What it made me think of was my own spirit of survival in the face of the various crises in my life. I didn't interpret words as being about defiance, but rather of being proud of having an indomitable spirit. Thanks for offering another perspective. It is fascinating.

  • Seema Jayaraman (9/18/2015 8:30:00 AM)

    I am the captain of my soul..luv the confidence and in charge attitude.. (Report) Reply

  • (9/17/2015 1:52:00 AM)

    An amazing Poet , this was an masterpiece ! (Report) Reply

  • Dimond Vp (9/9/2015 9:45:00 AM)

    this is my all time favorite poem i memorized it all! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Pamela Sinicrope (9/6/2015 1:01:00 PM)

    I love the drama of this poem...Fun to read aloud! (Report) Reply

  • (8/4/2015 3:32:00 AM)

    There is a movie called "invictus". Is that movie named after this poem? (Report) Reply

  • (7/16/2015 2:37:00 PM)

    i am the master of my soul. (Report) Reply

  • Ovi-enita Odiete (7/13/2015 8:45:00 PM)

    Such an enthralling poem. (Report) Reply

  • Briony Nicholls (7/9/2015 5:37:00 AM)

    This is a poem with an irresistible and inspiring message, that is for certain. Yet in spite of its strong assertion that we are indeed the captain of our soul, we are reminded of instances when this may not be entirely true. The effect is like the well known basic law of physics - whatever force is applied against a brick wall, the brick wall applies equal force in opposition so that both are cancelled out. That is how I find myself reacting to this poem. (Report) Reply

  • safiya husain (6/13/2015 12:52:00 PM)

    My favorite (Report) Reply

  • Naida Nepascua Supnet (5/19/2015 10:20:00 AM)

    No one can ever help you except yourself
    And no one can decide your fate except you

    Oh William, How good you are.
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  • (5/18/2015 1:14:00 AM)

    One of my favourite poems. (Report) Reply

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  • val Rogers (4/17/2015 8:40:00 PM)

    Master of my fate. Captain of my soul. Great words great poem. (Report) Reply

  • (4/6/2015 6:01:00 PM)

    MARKO... you sir are an idiot! Its clear that you do not appreciate poetry...! (Report) Reply

  • (4/2/2015 4:58:00 AM)

    A true Satanic poem. Gods not God (Report) Reply

  • (4/2/2015 4:57:00 AM)

    A true Satanic poem. He thanks Gods not God. (Report) Reply

  • (3/31/2015 6:44:00 PM)

    A very well put poem.
    I am the captain of my soul.
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