William Ernest Henley

(1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)

William Ernest Henley Poems

41. Pastoral 4/12/2010
42. Before 4/12/2010
43. What Have I Done For You 4/12/2010
44. The Spring, My Dear 4/12/2010
45. O, Time And Change, They Range And Range 4/12/2010
46. The Sands Are Alive With Sunshine 4/12/2010
47. There Is A Wheel Inside My Head 4/12/2010
48. To My Wife 4/12/2010
49. London Types: Mounted Police 4/12/2010
50. London Types: Drum-Major 4/12/2010
51. Scherzando 4/12/2010
52. Here They Trysted, And Here They Strayed 4/12/2010
53. Your Heart Has Trembled To My Tongue 4/12/2010
54. Orientale 4/12/2010
55. London Types: 4/12/2010
56. When You Wake In Your Crib 4/12/2010
57. Time And The Earth 4/12/2010
58. Midsummer Midnight Skies 4/12/2010
59. The Spirit Of Wine 4/12/2010
60. The Shadow Of Dawn 4/12/2010
61. The Nightingale Has A Lyre Of Gold 4/12/2010
62. Vigil 4/12/2010
63. London Types: Hawker 4/12/2010
64. Suicide 4/12/2010
65. She Saunters By The Swinging Seas 4/12/2010
66. The Ways Of Death Are Soothing And Serene 4/12/2010
67. In The Waste Hour 4/12/2010
68. We Are The Choice Of The Will 4/12/2010
69. Envoy--To Charles Baxter 4/12/2010
70. Nocturn 4/12/2010
71. One With The Ruined Sunset 4/12/2010
72. To My Mother 4/12/2010
73. To: W A 4/12/2010
74. Space And Dread And The Dark 4/12/2010
75. Grave 4/12/2010
76. Waiting 4/12/2010
77. London Types: Bluecoat Boy 4/12/2010
78. Why, My Heart, Do We Love Her So? 4/12/2010
79. London Types: Bus Driver 4/12/2010
80. Some Starlit Garden Grey With Dew 4/12/2010

Comments about William Ernest Henley

  • Jed Mills (2/12/2013 4:00:00 PM)

    I find that the life of this man is very interesting and sad.

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  • Suresh Bala (7/5/2010 8:38:00 AM)


    Can someone elaborate the line about the 'Horror of the shade'? Is this a biblical reference?

  • Serene Waters (1/3/2010 2:18:00 AM)

    I just saw the phenomenal movie Invictus five hours ago. This movie, about Nelson Mandela and his ressurrection from being a prisoner to being the president of South Africa, show that iron bars can not stop some men.
    He rehearsed the words of hope from his prison cell in the Poem Invictus, and the power of spirit over matter was manifested. As president, he also quelled the post-apartheid tension, transforming enemies into friends. It is a story about someone with a vision of an ideal world who was able to embrace his nation, both black and white, as his family. His heart will not be forgotten, because without people like him a better world will never come. You will feel so uplifted by this movie! ! !

Best Poem of 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.

Read the full of Invictus


Though, if you ask her name, she says Elise,
Being plain Elizabeth, e'en let it pass,
And own that, if her aspirates take their ease,
She ever makes a point, in washing glass,
Handling the engine, turning taps for tots,
And countering change, and scorning what men say,
Of posing as a dove among the pots,
Nor often gives her dignity away.
Her head's a work of art, and, if her eyes

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