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
........................
........................
read full text »


Do you like this poem?
629 person liked.
36 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Comments about this poem (Invictus by William Ernest Henley )

Enter the verification code :

  • Diowayne Dacayan (1/19/2007 7:15:00 AM)

    This is a very powerful poem and all the words are perfect. Hey Allan Robinson, can you read and UNDERSTAND the full text and the meaning of the words? ! Because every poet and writer (especially good ones) choose their words carefully. You said gate is supposed to be gait, please see the meaning of strait so you'll know why he used gate. Strait is a passage or a canal, so the gate is perfect and the gait you were suggesting means a way of walking. See the purpose of the words and it's connection, compared to your idiotic comment. UNDERSTAND THE MEANING AND ENJOY THE MASTERPIECE! (Report) Reply

  • Foster Blaine (11/29/2006 9:51:00 PM)

    trivial point of interest: this poem served as timothy mcveigh's last words back in 2001. (Report) Reply

  • Mat Good (11/23/2006 1:48:00 PM)

    I first read this powerfull poem in a Reggie Kray biography years ago and have pretty much recited it to myself on a daily basis since. It has helped me through the darkest times of my life, the last verse in particular..The pen is certainly more powerfull than the sword.. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Dorn (7/21/2006 10:36:00 PM)

    The soul is the core of our being... there's little we can do to prevent the physical toll inflicted upon us through time, but only we control the ultimate fate of our soul. A powerful and spiritual message! (Report) Reply

  • 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

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. The Nigerian Politician, Joseph Ogbonna
  2. The lonely sun..., veeraiyah subbulakshmi
  3. Textman, Naveed Khalid
  4. सिरि मोनथाम, Ronjoy Brahma
  5. Mother-land I weep for thee, Joseph Ogbonna
  6. Mother Teresa and I, SANDIP GOSWAMI
  7. Still Here, silenced work
  8. A Village Girl, Naveed Khalid
  9. A Song Of Harp, Naveed Khalid
  10. An African Woman I am... a Blessing or a.., Vivian Muciri

Poem of the Day

poet Joyce Kilmer

(For the Rev. James J. Daly, S. J.)

Bright stars, yellow stars, flashing through the air,
Are you errant strands of Lady Mary's hair?
...... Read complete »

   

Trending Poems

  1. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  2. Trees, Joyce Kilmer
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  5. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  6. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  7. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  10. Stars, Joyce Kilmer

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]