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

  • (6/28/2013 3:19:00 PM)


    also he's says he's thankful for the gods at the start, he uses what they have given him rather than expecting them to solve his problems for him. (Report) Reply

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  • (6/28/2013 3:17:00 PM)


    Seems there are a lot of Christians commenting on this, I like this poem, not because it is anti-religion or God, I don't see it as such but because I really admire the spirit of the character it is about. Someone who doesn't give up not matter what life throws at them, that struggles through and keeps going despite all the suffering and pain that they are put through. I see them as someone fighting either for a cause they really believe in or maybe for someone they love (not necessarily a partner, perhaps a child or a friend) .
    I like the message that when it comes down to it we have to solve our own problems we can't expect someone else, not even a god to do it for us. Perhaps that god will say to us I gave you the ability to help yourself and you didn't use it. Why then should I help you?
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  • (6/25/2013 6:34:00 AM)


    Guys, do you not think that William Henley is entitled to his own view? Surely the theme of the poem is that we alone are masters of our fate. He has no belief in an afterlife but puts his faith in the courage of man when faced with adversity. I do think that to change the words of this poem simply to fit with your own religious belief is to dishonour not only the poet, but your fellow man. Is not each one of us entitled to our own beliefs? (Report) Reply

  • (6/20/2013 4:41:00 PM)


    cmon people regardless of relision God has given us the gift and the freedom to chose how we want to live our lives. that is the basis of this masterpiece (Report) Reply

  • (6/20/2013 2:54:00 PM)


    Claire. true that Patricia`s stori is shocking, last thursday I got a great Ford Mustang after bringing in $4531 this last month and-a little over,10-k last munth. no-doubt about it, this really is the most financialy rewarding I have ever done. I began this 8-months ago and pretty much straight away was earning at least $78... per/hr., kep2.com (Report) Reply

  • (6/14/2013 8:30:00 PM)


    I believe that this poem is all about interpretation. I try to see this poem as Nelson Mandela did. He used this poem to inspire him to no matter what the pain, circumstances, or unfairness of a situation of a situation he controlled himself and did not hate the white people who had oppressed him due to apartheid. I understand the controversy around captain of my soul, but I see that as controlling myself. This is what Jesus did. He took the pain and suffering delivered by the Roman soldiers, but he did not hate them. In fact, he loved them as he does everyone. He controlled himself. Christians are supposed to pursue Christ and this poem to me as a Christian doesn't tell me I'm the captain of my soul. I see that as a metaphor for I can control myself and love my enemies. The second greatest commandment. (Report) Reply

  • (6/11/2013 4:35:00 AM)


    And Stephan...to understand, maybe one has to know struggle (Report) Reply

  • (6/11/2013 4:33:00 AM)


    Cedric you miss read the poem with you Christian goggles wasn't striving for immortality speaking about endurance controlling the one thing you can control yourself straight doesn't come from dependence unless your child. (Report) Reply

  • (6/4/2013 12:40:00 AM)


    This poem is so sad. The mortal striving for immortality without God. Impossible. Jesus is the only way. (Report) Reply

  • (5/8/2013 3:15:00 PM)


    MY ABSOLUTE TIMELESS FAVORITE. (Report) Reply

  • (5/8/2013 11:09:00 AM)


    Sedric Ramey, I agree. I learned of this poem in High School and have always loved it without thinking of how it prophesies that I can do it all on my own. That is not true all things are only possible with God. Since High School I have learned to recite this poem in my head a little differently.

    I thank the God i know to be
    for my unconquerable soul

    He [God] is the master of my fate
    He [God] is the captain of my soul.
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  • (4/21/2013 9:49:00 PM)


    It's a great poem for someone who doesn't believe in God because the Bible clearly says we don't own, ourselves.(Psalm 24) . My fellow Christians and I are bought with a price by God and we ought to want Him to be the captain of our souls, just read 1 Corinthians 15-20. (Report) Reply

  • (4/8/2013 6:14:00 PM)


    Probably my favorite of all poems, such noble grace in words, so much accuracy in depicting the strain and the pain, so much strength and moving power, simply amazing (Report) Reply

  • (4/2/2013 11:48:00 AM)


    Beautiful words but hauntingly isolated. (Report) Reply

  • (2/22/2013 10:54:00 PM)


    Two months ago I had open heart surgery. It lasted twice as long as expected because of complications…now I take multiple medications daily to stay alive. But I am Alive…I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. (Report) Reply

  • (2/19/2013 6:22:00 PM)


    This poem is about how many people try to tear thos person down but he is showing them that he is undefeated. (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (2/13/2013 5:54:00 AM)


    Master of fate and captain of soul. good. (Report) Reply

  • (2/11/2013 4:01:00 PM)


    this poem rocks dudes'! ! (Report) Reply

  • (1/29/2013 7:45:00 PM)


    No matter what the odds, no matter who I face, i will never give in to it. I will always stay strong. I will always be me. (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (1/19/2013 10:05:00 PM)


    I am the master of my fate
    I am the captain of my soul. good.
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