Glitches with no witches
Games have scary witches,
That don’t need scary witches.
Some games are for kids,
That don’t need to be in Madrid.
In Mario three scary figures will appear,
And the figures will not flee like fear.
In a game called Half-Life,
Will scare you like a bread knife.
Zombies in Half-Life say something unhuman.
Reverse it and the zombies say this
“GOD HELP ME! GOD HELP! ”
It will scare you like a toddler’s yelp.
In a game called Paranormal,
The game is so unnormal.
Look in a cracked wall,
You see a bunny on a bed,
It is funny on your head.
And the bunny looks at you.
There is a game called Black Ops,
Get a sniper,
And see a face appear.
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.
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?
I feel that Henley is trying to say that even though there is a lot of hardships in life we are the ones who have the strength to perservere through it all. Hence the part that says I am the master of my fate
I am the captain of my soul
To put to rest all of the religious/ anti-religious debate over the poem, can I just ask one question? Does it really matter? I consider myself a religious person, but even I recognize this as one of the most powerful and influential poems ever written. However, if we were to truly understand the meaning of this poem, we must take into consideration what Henley meant by the word, soul. If you look over his biography, you learn that he suffered many hardships in his life including the death of his six year old daughter as well as an amputation. Yet despite the many trials of life, he was able to prevail. I think he meant by soul that we, as humans, have the unique ability to overcome any obstacle, despite the fell clutch of circumstance, whether this ability was given to us from God or not. And that we, being the captain of our fate have complete control over the choices that we make, which will inevitably control the course of our destiny. So really, i don't believe that this poem is religious or anti-religious, but rather it is neutral. But what do I know? I'm just a high-school teenager.
I first read this poem about 1955, I committed it to memory almost at once. I think of it often and recite it to myself frequently, as I do I find that I have an almost constant revision of my understanding of the words, if I live to be 100, I may eventually be able to encompass its' total meaning, if I do not it will have been time well spent, I have nothing but the deepest admiration for Henley's provocative words.