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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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  • Peggy Ragas-matthews (12/13/2009 12:56:00 PM)

    I also had to memorize this poem over 40 years ago in school. I saw the movie last night and it was awesome. This poem will now become my favorite, Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon both did outstanding performances. I think we could learn alot about forgiveness from that movie. We have seen how holding on to the past is killng the country, we need to start healing. I wish every one would go to see this movie. I would not take anything away from the Princess and the Frog but this is the movie that need to be promoted big time. You cannot read that poem and see the movie and not be changed.

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  • Greg Davis (12/12/2009 11:49:00 PM)

    This i going to become my new favorite poem. I watched the new movie Invictus tonight, and the poem is such a moving underpinning to the movie.

  • Linda Law (12/10/2009 2:45:00 PM)

    Every Freshman in my high school had to learn this poem. That was over 40 years ago. Miss Harpole would be proud that I can still remember it. I appreciate the meaning of this more today than 45 years ago.

  • Paula Wolfe (12/7/2009 10:03:00 AM)

    I read Invictus when I was 15 years old and the powerful words have remained with me a lifetime. I am going to be 60 soon and still remember the words to the poem just as if I read the poem yesterday. It still has the same effect on me. I often remember the words when life gets tough... When I first heard them advertise the movie I knew instantly why the title was selected. If everr anyone lived the words of the poem... Nelson Mandala did. I cannot wait to go see the movie. I cannot picture anyone but Morgan Freeman playing the part.

  • Sherrie Lovler (12/5/2009 12:18:00 PM)

    This is a very powerful poem. I am a calligrapher and have had many requests to letter this poem. To design a piece well I need to really connect with the poem and letter it in a style that is fitting. I hope I have done it justice. You can see it here:
    http: //inkmonkey.com/artgallery/invictus/invictus.html

  • Holt Louque (12/3/2009 5:07:00 PM)

    Thanks Marco E., I intend to see the movie. Morgan Freeman is a superb actor.

  • Holt Louque (11/30/2009 8:37:00 AM)

    In answer to Bonnie Raitt's - Valley of Pain.
    HRL

  • Sue D (11/27/2009 10:36:00 PM)

    I've carried this poem around in the front of my filofax for years, and it's given me strength through some very dark times. I never knew who wrote it until I read about the movie. Glad to know other people love it as much as I do.

  • Marco E (11/27/2009 1:23:00 PM)

    Is a great poem about the character of a man...The movie 'INVICTUS' I think that has a little relationship because is about Nelson Mandela and his efforts to unite South Africa after the end of the apartheid, the movie shows his relationship and work together with the white captain of the south African team.

  • Holt Louque (11/26/2009 9:28:00 PM)

    There is a new movie coming out soon by the same name. I'll have to see if it is of the same theme. Great poem!

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