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
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.


Comments about Invictus by William Ernest Henley

  • Varsha MVarsha M (7/7/2020 12:04:00 PM)

    Whatever happen through out life
    I'm master of my fate
    I'm the captain of my soul.


    Very true.(Report)Reply

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  • Alibo Terna TimothyAlibo Terna Timothy (5/5/2020 5:57:00 AM)

    Poem of all time. Great Piece(Report)Reply

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  • your mom (4/6/2020 5:03:00 PM)

    this poem is a real poo poo fart(Report)Reply

    Marcia(4/10/2020 6:21:00 PM)

    ....so was your mom

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  • crazycloud (4/5/2020 8:22:00 AM)

    hey, Disgusted, you should’ve spent the hour trying hard to write one. Mo’ Bettah.(Report)Reply

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  • Ayomide (2/27/2020 12:45:00 PM)

    This poem is too boring(Report)Reply

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  • Dana-Leigh (2/19/2020 11:39:00 PM)

    this poem always makes the darkness seem to melt make me feel that i have some control in world that yells at me to submit surrender and do as i am told.(Report)Reply

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  • Disgusted (1/23/2020 11:20:00 PM)

    I hate this poem. I have been looking for a long poem for over an hour and still cant find one(Report)Reply

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  • Speed Bean (1/5/2020 1:37:00 PM)

    Each time I read it feels 1st time and its few years since the start...(Report)Reply

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  • Shirley Ryan (12/27/2019 9:19:00 PM)

    Poetry should be read with passion. This is obviously a robot(Report)Reply

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  • Sanjibsaha AniketaSanjibsaha Aniketa (12/18/2019 1:04:00 AM)

    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul..... true(Report)Reply

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (12/6/2019 11:03:00 AM)

    to MyPoemList

    " Invictus, meaning “unconquerable” or “undefeated” in Latin, is a poem by William Ernest Henley. The poem was written while Henley was in the hospital being treated for tuberculosis of the bone, also known as Pott's disease."

    What KIND of window 'shade' did this guy have? !

    bri

    ;)(Report)Reply

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  • R Boyce (11/23/2019 8:41:00 PM)

    I remember reading this poem 50 years ago in high school. It is a masterpiece and my personal anthem.(Report)Reply

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  • Butch DecatoriaButch Decatoria (11/14/2019 11:15:00 PM)

    Classic & uplifting, motivated by championing the just man. A great one.(Report)Reply

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  • Midnight ThinkerMidnight Thinker (11/2/2019 9:59:00 PM)

    I love this poem so much. Therefore, when standing outside at the nighttime I mutter it as speaking with universe in a way.; D(Report)Reply

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  • Tamara Beryl Latham (10/4/2019 3:59:00 PM)

    What wonderful imagery in this extremely fine poem. All I can say is bravo. : -)(Report)Reply

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  • James MclainJames Mclain (9/22/2019 8:35:00 PM)

    Awesome poem..... James McLain(Report)Reply

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  • James MclainJames Mclain (9/6/2019 8:16:00 AM)

    Drawn back again and again.(Report)Reply

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  • James MclainJames Mclain (8/30/2019 4:38:00 PM)

    It is a very well penned poem.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Monday, August 18, 2014