William Ernest Henley

(1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)

William Ernest Henley Poems

121. Suicide 4/12/2010
122. Anterotics 4/12/2010
123. Lady Probationer 4/12/2010
124. Andante Con Moto 4/12/2010
125. As Like The Woman As You Can 4/12/2010
126. What Is To Come 4/12/2010
127. Thick Is The Darkness 4/12/2010
128. Largo E Mesto 4/12/2010
129. Villon's Straight Tip To All Cross Coves 1/1/2004
130. Attadale, West Highlands 4/12/2010
131. Double Ballad Of Life And Death 4/12/2010
132. We Shall Surely Die 4/12/2010
133. After 4/12/2010
134. Ballade Of Midsummer Days And Nights 4/12/2010
135. Over The Hills And Far Away 4/12/2010
136. When You Are Old 4/12/2010
137. Allegro Maestoso 4/12/2010
138. I. M. R. T. Hamilton Bruce (1846-1899) 1/1/2004
139. In The Year That's Come And Gone 4/12/2010
140. Apparition 4/12/2010
141. Ave, Caesar! 4/12/2010
142. Out Of The Night That Covers Me 4/12/2010
143. Last Post 4/12/2010
144. I Gave My Heart To A Woman 4/12/2010
145. Croquis 1/3/2003
146. If It Should Come To Be 4/12/2010
147. A Dainty Thing's The Villanelle 4/12/2010
148. Operation 4/12/2010
149. A New Song To An Old Tune 4/12/2010
150. Double Ballade On The Nothingness Of Things 1/3/2003
151. Life Is Bitter 4/12/2010
152. London Voluntaries Iv: Out Of The Poisonous East 1/1/2004
153. A Late Lark Twitters From The Quiet Skies 4/12/2010
154. A Desolate Shore 4/12/2010
155. If I Were King 1/3/2003
156. A Thanksgiving 4/12/2010
157. England, My England 1/4/2003
158. Kate-A-Whimsies, John-A-Dream 4/12/2010
159. Ballade Of Dead Actors 1/3/2003
160. There's A Regret 1/3/2003

Comments about William Ernest Henley

  • 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! ! !

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Best Poem of William Ernest Henley

Invictus

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

If I Were King

If I were king, my pipe should be premier.
The skies of time and chance are seldom clear,
We would inform them all with bland blue weather.
Delight alone would need to shed a tear,
For dream and deed should war no more together.

Art should aspire, yet ugliness be dear;
Beauty, the shaft, should speed with wit for feather;
And love, sweet love, should never fall to sere,

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