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

  • Rookie - 122 Points Natacha Bressler (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

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Sean Kearney (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. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,175 Points 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

  • Rookie Nichole Bradshaw (9/17/2015 1:52:00 AM)

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

  • Rookie - 319 Points Dimond Vp (9/9/2015 9:45:00 AM)

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

  • Gold Star - 5,927 Points Pamela Sinicrope (9/6/2015 1:01:00 PM)

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

  • Rookie - 2 Points Ecem Gerede (8/4/2015 3:32:00 AM)

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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,116 Points Abdalla Juma Shenga (7/16/2015 2:37:00 PM)

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

  • Bronze Star - 2,314 Points Ovi-enita Odiete (7/13/2015 8:45:00 PM)

    Such an enthralling poem. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,376 Points 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

  • Rookie - 332 Points safiya husain (6/13/2015 12:52:00 PM)

    My favorite (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,692 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

  • Bronze Star - 2,102 Points Sally Plumb Plumb (5/18/2015 1:14:00 AM)

    One of my favourite poems. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 287 Points Joen Coronel (5/1/2015 10:56:00 PM)


  • Veteran Poet - 1,696 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 - 466 Points Marko Duvnjak (4/2/2015 4:58:00 AM)

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

  • Rookie - 466 Points Marko Duvnjak (4/2/2015 4:57:00 AM)

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

  • Freshman - 851 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 - 850 Points Matthew Holloway (3/28/2015 2:42:00 PM)

    I really enjoyed this wonderful write (Report) Reply

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