William Ernest Henley

(1849 - 1902 / Gloucester / England)

Invictus - Poem by William Ernest Henley

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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Comments about Invictus by William Ernest Henley

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  • Rookie Daniel Carhart (10/6/2013 9:58:00 PM)

    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. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Joseph Karimoni (9/26/2013 4:03:00 AM)

    wow..this is one of the best poems of all times. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ricardo Leonardo (9/17/2013 8:54:00 PM)

    Yes, WEH just knew the life on earth. I appreciate and honor him because he understood what is 'soul'... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ezra The3rd (9/15/2013 2:15:00 PM)

    Bible Bashers, please read William Ernest Henley's bio and the hardships he went through before you condemn the man to hell. From the age of 12, Henley suffered from tuberculosis of the bone that resulted in the amputation of his left leg below the knee (in a time of limited/ineffective anaesthetic) , he had a further amputation of his other leg to save his life. He lost his daughter when she was five... he doesn't just talk of horrors, he has been through it. To have a fighting spirit like his is definitely a gift from God, and to those who are offended by the use of lowercase G, the originators of the word would call you blasphemers for even writing the full GOD, it was originally G-d because he is too great to be condensed into written form.

    This poem is a celebration of the God-given human spirit, if it offends you read something else. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Hannah Stone (9/10/2013 7:07:00 PM)

    This poem is beautiful. I watched the movie Invictus about Nelson Mandela which inspired me to learn more about it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jon Swan (9/4/2013 6:20:00 PM)

    People, please. Nothing about this poem is anti-religious other than your own interpretation of the poem. A simple Google search shows this. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Corwin Allen (8/21/2013 4:59:00 PM)

    I'm not a religious person. Nor do I attend church but I appreciate his passion and the real world thinking he had too. Some poems are just so surreal and out of this world but I enjoyed the relativity of it. Well written and such a smart man. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie N West (8/15/2013 8:25:00 AM)

    How can you thank God in a literary piece without giving Him enough respect to capitalize his name, but to emphasize horror with a capital H? We all know who the god of horror is. This poem is agnostic and no wonder christians don't approve. Also, the fact that he entitled the poem with a latin word (i.e. dead language; language of the Romans who killed Jesus Christ) speaks volumes. My daughter was supposed to memorize this poem for school but instead I have requested a conference with her teacher. It's one thing to go over this in a lesson plan but to have my daughter add this to their long time memory without even a mere explanation or debate amongst her peers just affirms for me that the secret society is thriving. Remember, Timothy McVeigh also invoked this poem before his execution. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jeff Hughes (8/6/2013 11:45:00 AM)

    Read Matthew 7: 21 for true meaning of Henley's poem. He is cursing Jesus Christ for saying that few enter heaven and that many enter hell. The punishment Henley alludes to is the judgement both old and new testament prophets warned about, and the Christ more than all the rest. this man is shaking his fist at God. He is saying I don, t care about all of your wanings, etc etc etc (Report) Reply

  • Rookie William Hauber (8/5/2013 4:07:00 PM)

    Erin: what gies you the idea English is moribund? It is the language of science and invention and has over two million meanings plus the ability to create words (very useful in these days of scientific progress) . The poem expresses the British (traditional) character perfectly: principle and determination, ruled by free will and respect for others' rights. Hats off to the poem and its author! (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 537 Points Mohabeer Beeharry (7/29/2013 6:13:00 AM)

    Plausible strength and objectivity. I like this poem. Strength and determination have no colour or religion. It is belief in oneself.

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  • Rookie Erin Thomas (7/22/2013 12:57:00 AM)

    The closing stanza of this poem will probably be remembered long after English has become a dead language. Very powerful. Very moving. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Uriel Grey (7/12/2013 11:51:00 PM)

    some history on this poem from literature and life in England by dudley miles and robert pooley published 1948 lol love older books sorry no ISBN too old. anyway what it say about INVICTUS:

    [This poem and the next two (where forlorn sunsets, a late lark twitters) were written by a man whose portait is familiar to all readers of Treasurer Island, for Stevenson drew Long John Silver from his intimate friend, William (1849-1903) .
    The Cheerful courage of Henley becomes almost defiant in invictus. The title is a latin word meaning unconquered. The Poem was Written in the hospital where Henley had spent twenty months after he had lost a foot by a kind of tuberculosis.

    anyway there you go awesome love this poem and the where forlorn sunsets is good :) lol (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 62 Points John Vincent (7/7/2013 8:36:00 AM)

    This is brilliant anti-religious poetry. Religions are pure sociopathic fatalism. This poetry smashes that lie. Inshallah? God willing? No. He is the master of his fate. He is the captain of his soul. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 89 Points John Hardesty (6/30/2013 4:05:00 PM)

    The poem bears mortality in a guessing gracious view of the blest life he has lived thus far! Either by luck or fate, he has sustained! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie L Garnham (6/28/2013 3:19:00 PM)

    also he's says he's thankful for the gods at the start, he uses what they have given him rather than expecting them to solve his problems for him. (Report) Reply

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