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(1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)

Invictus

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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  • Aaaqil Medalla (2/3/2014 9:07:00 PM)

    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.
    William Ernest Henley

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  • Francis G Kariuki (1/5/2014 1:22:00 AM)

    Such inspirational...!

  • Charles Monroe (12/29/2013 1:12:00 PM)

    ”For the Gangster Sh_t I do

    Mother Earth and Father Time
    Listen to your Children’s rhyme
    Hoping prayer can get me through
    All the Gangster Shit I do.

    Word to Wordsworth, word to Keats
    Hieroglyphs within my sheets
    Word to Gorky, Word to Pablo
    Word to Diego, and Leonardo
    I am the result of those
    Of whom Time and Nature chose.

    Word to Juana word to Sylvia
    Word to Sandra and Virginia
    Word to Maya Angelou
    My graffiti Popol Vuh,
    Hope the Universe forgive me
    For the Gangster shit I do.

    P.X
    12.30.13
    ... Imperium

  • Kay Staley (12/26/2013 7:18:00 PM)

    Very well written to inspire the reader to question whether they indeed are their own master. The allusive imagery is very powerful creating a dark background for the words to fall upon. It starts with terror and ends with the idea of being the conquer which makes it want the typical American would find useful to apply to themselves.

  • Skywee Gh (12/23/2013 6:10:00 AM)

    i am the captain of my soul

  • Rasmus Elton (12/20/2013 8:19:00 AM)

    One Life, only once do you get to get it right.

    Nelson knew that..

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (12/18/2013 9:47:00 AM)

    I continue to find this poem very arresting and beautiful. Very inspirational to see the courage ahd conviction unfolding But in the end, can we really say that we are the master of our soul when death calls us?

  • Shahzia Batool (12/18/2013 12:28:00 AM)

    a strong voice of an unconquered soul...a strong poem and a must read...it added Invictus to my vocab too...

  • Emmanuel Odunowo (12/14/2013 5:51:00 AM)

    No Humanitarian heart or mind be so this made. and no sun Pluto can conquer this mercury shade.

  • Malelega Kirwan (12/7/2013 3:10:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem and seen the fantastic movie about Nelson Mandela.May you rest in peace Madiba.

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