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

  • Emmanuel Odunowo (12/14/2013 5:51:00 AM)

    No Humanitarian heart or mind be so this made. and no sun Pluto can conquer this mercury shade. (Report) Reply

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  • Malelega Kirwan (12/7/2013 3:10:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem and seen the fantastic movie about Nelson Mandela.May you rest in peace Madiba. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Webb Edward Webb (12/6/2013 8:05:00 PM)

    This poem shows that even in death there is a victory,
    The final lines have the importance of drawing it back to I (Report) Reply

  • Jessica Mcquistan Jessica Mcquistan (12/1/2013 3:50:00 PM)

    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 (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (10/23/2013 5:28:00 AM)

    Beyond this place of joy or fears
    Transient, there is a place
    Where no more are we puppets of fate
    And dwell eternal in love and grace.....

    (Everybody welcome to my page) (Report) Reply

  • Colin Beard (10/17/2013 12:27:00 PM)

    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. (Report) Reply

  • Alaa Hussain (10/12/2013 7:22:00 PM)

    (Days) apologized to me a friend and
    said, I've missed the old days very
    simple words routine life fixed
    principles do not budge the rest of the
    time to renew and promised era and
    tender (Report) Reply

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  • 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

  • Joseph Karimoni (9/26/2013 4:03:00 AM)

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Mohabeer Beeharry 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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