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William Ernest Henley

(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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  • Jane Wongso Suhardjo (5/27/2006 12:54:00 AM)

    this poem is really wonderful! !
    it's simple and the choice of words are really simple, but full of deep thoughts
    i know this poem from one tree hill serial, and i found its interesting
    william henley described his feelings purely clear, that we also got into it (Report) Reply

  • Alan Robinson (4/17/2006 2:45:00 PM)

    Just a simple spelling mistake, I think (No matter how strait the gate) should read
    (No matter how strait the gait)
    All in all a wonderfull uplifting poem. (Report) Reply

  • Ronberge . (7/15/2005 8:52:00 AM)

    This is bar none a poem in a class of its own! ! !
    I consider it my salvation (part of it) in a dark period of my life.
    You can actually draw strenght from reading this.
    an 11.0!

    Ronberge (Report) Reply

  • Chelsea Judd (3/30/2005 2:44:00 AM)

    it's just so empowering... my favorite poem.... i feel like i'm superman.. or the Queen of the world... (Report) Reply

  • Eric Ratcliffe (6/5/2004 5:55:00 PM)

    Henley was a friend of Stevenson but the latter's marriage caused trouble. They drifted apart. (Report) Reply

  • Erika Leslie Noble (5/26/2004 1:23:00 PM)

    Henley had tuberculosis in his joints and was confined to bed. He wrote this piece as a fight against illness. (Report) Reply

  • Eric Ratcliffe (5/22/2004 3:13:00 AM)

    written during or just after Henley entered Edinburgh hospital, where Joseph Lister the pioneer of antiseptic surgery, saved his remaining foot. Where also he met his future wife, Anna Boyle. (Report) Reply

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