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

  • Freshman - 941 Points 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. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,069 Points Sally Plumb Plumb (5/18/2015 1:14:00 AM)

    One of my favourite poems. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 277 Points Joen Coronel (5/1/2015 10:56:00 PM)

    aNOTHER GREAT POEM TO LIVE BY (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 720 Points val Rogers (4/17/2015 8:40:00 PM)

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

  • Rookie aldo angulo (4/6/2015 6:01:00 PM)

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

  • Rookie - 112 Points Marko Duvnjak (4/2/2015 4:58:00 AM)

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

  • Rookie - 112 Points Marko Duvnjak (4/2/2015 4:57:00 AM)

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

  • Freshman - 690 Points Crystal Pierce (3/31/2015 6:44:00 PM)

    A very well put poem.
    I am the captain of my soul. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 605 Points Matthew Holloway (3/28/2015 2:42:00 PM)

    I really enjoyed this wonderful write (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,186 Points Soul Watcher (3/13/2015 1:47:00 AM)

    Fantastic, , , , , I like it very much (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,731 Points Madathil Rajendran Nair (3/12/2015 9:22:00 AM)

    He seems to believe in unconquerable free will. So be it. A heartening poem when darkness looms large all around us. Who am I to rate this? But, yet if I get a few points, why not? William Ernest Henley - here is tenner from my wallet, which is all that a poor man like me can hope to spare. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 28 Points Greta Albu (1/24/2015 4:41:00 PM)

    @BRANT KOHICK - I just don't think you understand the message he's trying to convey in this poem...
    First of all I just cant see how all those things you mentioned are relevant to this poem? I mean who is talking about creation in the first place? He actually thanks God for his ''unconquerable soul''..
    But the main idea behind this poem is to encourage&inspire the reader by explaining that one can have control over their lives by being strong when facing problems/obstacles and overcoming those challenges in life without turning bitter, weak, and hopeless...
    Regardless of how hard life might get, he is not giving up - - ](''my head is bloody but unbowed'') by this he isn't at all rebelling against God...
    It just simply means, that he will stay strong

    P.S. I believe in God too, of course this (our universe) did not just happen by chance it would be impossible... You do not need to actually see God himself to be convinced of his existence, all you need to do is look out your window... Look at a tree or smt...concentrate on your heartbeat...Everything is a proof that God is The Lord! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 27,128 Points Chinedu Dike (12/25/2014 6:15:00 AM)

    The poem reminds me of Nelson Mandela's story. It's exquisite, powerful, highly inspirational, a master piece... (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,678 Points John Richter (10/21/2014 2:16:00 PM)

    From absolute darkness, the horrid travels through life, bludgeonings, and horrible happenings, he remains grateful to have returned in whole, and to remain unafraid.... I am the captain of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.... Oh how incredibly powerful this! I don't know who recorded this reading - but it was absolutely riveting! Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,925 Points Frank Avon (9/16/2014 5:13:00 PM)

    I was forced to memorize this poem in ninth grade. Like other poems we were assigned, this one turned me against poetry for years. Until I discovered Kahlil Gibran and then John Keats. Still, sixty years later, this poem represents to me what poetry should NOT be: a high-flown, abstract message spoken in bouncy rhythms and rhymes. No one, in the end, is the master of his fate or the captain of his soul: and no matter how strong and courageous, no one is always unbowed; no one can honestly always say, I have not winced or cried aloud. Give me Langston Hughes' Mother to Son for its honesty, simplicity, and linguistic authenticity: Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.... (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 0 Points Yameena Fatima (11/15/2014 11:00:00 AM)

    You have interpreted the poem incorrectly.
    The poet is delivering a rather beautiful message with simplicity and a flow of words; a human being is indeed the master of his soul. Life is not crystal stairs, but a rough, bouncy hill and it can break a human being down into pieces, mercilessly. The poet tells us how to be strong: to become the master of our own soul, of our hearts, of our emotions. Don't give in and keep fighting. Because Life? it will break you down, it will crush you anyway. The poet never said that life will be easy on you.
    But rather than letting yourself sink down, stand up and take control because your soul is unconquerable and you are stronger than you can imagine. That's the message.
    The structure and rhythm might not appeal to you, but I strongly disagree with your interpretation of this short, inspirational poem.

    Peace.

    Rookie - 0 Points Yameena Fatima (11/15/2014 11:00:00 AM)

    You have interpreted the poem incorrectly.
    The poet is delivering a rather beautiful message with simplicity and a flow of words; a human being is indeed the master of his soul. Life is not crystal stairs, but a rough, bouncy hill and it can break a human being down into pieces, mercilessly. The poet tells us how to be strong: to become the master of our own soul, of our hearts, of our emotions. Don't give in and keep fighting. Because Life? it will break you down, it will crush you anyway. The poet never said that life will be easy on you.
    But rather than letting yourself sink down, stand up and take control because your soul is unconquerable and you are stronger than you can imagine. That's the message.
    The structure and rhythm might not appeal to you, but I strongly disagree with your interpretation of this short, inspirational poem.

    Peace.

  • Silver Star - 3,286 Points Walterrean Salley (9/14/2014 11:41:00 PM)

    Mr Henley has done an incredible job with this poem. Among the favorites that I committed to memory years ago. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (9/14/2014 9:33:00 PM)

    This is one of the best poem of the poet A cliff stood high (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,415 Points Sagnik Chakraborty (9/11/2014 5:15:00 PM)

    An all-time favourite of mine, the poem's about indomitable courage in the face of all odds. Incidentally, after I read it for the first time, it got etched in my psyche in such a way that I adopted its title, meaning 'unvanquished' in Latin, as a part of my Email ID.
    I'll always love this magnificent verse by Henley. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Brent Cohick (8/2/2014 4:38:00 PM)

    Ok, I find it very disheartening, the absolute darkness of this piece. To look into the beauty of creation and not be able to see a creator, one must simply be blind. it's like gazing at a Rembrandt and saying that's a blank canvas with some chicken scratch on it. To believe that all of this is formed at chance? I am proud to say I'm not stubborn enough to have never bowed my head to God. I am humbled by what my Master did for me. His name is Jesus. (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 28 Points Greta Albu (1/24/2015 4:38:00 PM)

    I just don't think you understand the message he's trying to convey in this poem...
    First of all I just cant see how all those things you mentioned are relevant to this poem? I mean who is talking about creation in the first place? He actually thanks God for his ''unconquerable soul''..
    But the main idea behind this poem is to encourage&inspire the reader by explaining that one can have control over their lives by being strong when facing problems/obstacles and overcoming those challenges in life without turning bitter, weak, and hopeless...
    Regardless of how hard life might get, he is not giving up - - ](''my head is bloody but unbowed'') by this he isn't at all rebelling against God...
    It just simply means, that he will stay strong

    P.S. I believe in God too, of course this (our universe) did not just happen by chance it would be impossible... You do not need to actually see God himself to be convinced of his existence, all you need to do is look out your window... Look at a tree or smt...concentrate on your heartbeat...Everything is a proof that God is The Lord!

    Rookie - 28 Points Greta Albu (1/24/2015 4:36:00 PM)

    I just don't think you understand the message he's trying to convey in this poem...
    First of all I just cant see how all those things you mentioned are relevant to this poem? I mean who is talking about creation in the first place? He actually thanks God for his ''unconquerable soul''..
    But the main idea behind this poem is to encourage&inspire the reader by explaining that one can have control over their lives by being strong when facing problems/obstacles and overcoming those challenges in life without turning bitter, weak, and hopeless...
    Regardless of how hard life might get, he is not giving up - - ](''my head is bloody but unbowed'') by this he isn't at all rebelling against God...
    It just simply means, that he will stay strong

    P.S. I believe in God too, of course this (our universe) did not just happen by chance it would be impossible... You do not need to actually see God himself to be convinced of his existence, all you need to do is look out your window... Look at a tree or smt...concentrate on your heartbeat...Everything is a proof that God is The Lord!

    Rookie - 28 Points Greta Albu (1/24/2015 4:35:00 PM)

    I just don't think you understand the message he's trying to convey in this poem...
    First of all I just cant see how all those things you mentioned are relevant to this poem? I mean who is talking about creation in the first place? He actually thanks God for his ''unconquerable soul''..
    But the main idea behind this poem is to encourage&inspire the reader by explaining that one can have control over their lives by being strong when facing problems/obstacles and overcoming those challenges in life without turning bitter, weak, and hopeless...
    Regardless of how hard life might get, he is not giving up - - ](''my head is bloody but unbowed'') by this he isn't at all rebelling against God...
    It just simply means, that he will stay strong

    P.S. I believe in God too, of course this (our universe) did not just happen by chance it would be impossible... You do not need to actually see God himself to be convinced of his existence, all you need to do is look out your window... Look at a tree or smt...concentrate on your heartbeat...Everything is a proof that God is The Lord!

  • Gold Star - 28,963 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (7/5/2014 10:27:00 PM)

    I am the captain of the soul......wonderful creation of poem. (Report) Reply










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