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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  • Arshad Dahlan (8/27/2012 9:28:00 AM)

    This is my favorite poem in the world, living in Africa I have seen how it is there with my own eyes, and I love this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Amy T (8/22/2012 10:18:00 PM)

    this poem shook me the first time I heard it. there is so much power in it. on mornings when I dread facing the world, reading the lines to myself helps me get my ass out of bed. (Report) Reply

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (8/11/2012 8:00:00 AM)

    I have loved this poem since I was a young student, intriqued by the courage of this man who had tuberculosis and whose leg was amputated. I would like to know more of this writer, and thank him for this legacy of courage he has left for our generations. (Report) Reply

  • Poet Dragon (8/7/2012 12:45:00 PM)

    A classic rejection of biblical judgement. What scales could measure the weight of past moments that never existed? (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Joyson (8/1/2012 7:53:00 AM)

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  • Mark Trajano (7/16/2012 11:36:00 AM)

    this poem is... so empowering; light and simple it may be it's essence is immeasurable. (Report) Reply

  • Marquel Patrick (7/8/2012 12:14:00 AM)

    I climb out of a pit of darkness into the light and can't help but to fear what's beyond what the eye can see
    but then I realized it is no match for the greatness I am to be (Report) Reply

  • Ben Sabourin (5/8/2012 6:48:00 PM)

    a testament to the fact that all humans posses amazing strength
    it's a shame that some don't find it inside of them (Report) Reply

  • Cassandra Gillespie (5/8/2012 12:38:00 PM)

    My fiance was killed in a car accident while I was 7 months pregnant. Now I'm a single mother to our 6 mo son, and am just beginning to feel joy again. I recently heard this poem for the first time, and I find myself reading it over and over some days. It helps renew my strength and reminds me not to fear the future. (Report) Reply

  • Zofie Wingmaker (4/5/2012 11:40:00 AM)

    I love this poem. Out of all the ones my teacher is making us recite this is my overall favorite! ! ! ! ! I wish William was still alive so I could ask him some questions. (Report) Reply

  • Paulina Sbrocchi (3/9/2012 11:36:00 PM)

    Invictus
    by William Ernest Henley

    A testament to the indomitable human spirit!
    A promise of hope above all trials.

    There is freedom of choice in all experience because ultimately we define our own destinies!

    Love the power of the message in this poem!

    Paulina D. Sbrocchi (Report) Reply

  • Stevn P (3/2/2012 8:43:00 AM)

    Such a brilliant poem! I once studied this during the Adair Research Classical English Week - made such a change to my attitude to work, and it infected most of my lab!

    You could say poetry is the best virus of all ;) (These captcha codes get get awfully ironic sometimes don't they? RTJxGJFF was the worst I've seen!) (Report) Reply

  • Jessica Mcquistan (2/24/2012 12:49:00 PM)

    this poem means a lot to me, especially the last stanza, which basically says you rule your own live no one can tell you what to do (Report) Reply

  • Duane Treacy (2/6/2012 9:56:00 AM)

    I also am an amputee and this poem speaks volumes about overcoming all lifes difficulties (Report) Reply

  • Aditi Dutta (2/6/2012 9:15:00 AM)

    This poem gives me the goose bumps every time i read it. A very impactive write...the words simply cut through the heart and leave their mark there for ever. (Report) Reply

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