The poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley urges us to accept responsibility for our lives no matter what. Invictus means unconquered in Latin. William Ernest Henley (1849-1903) was an English Poet who had one of his legs amputated at age 17. He wrote this poem while healing from the amputation and it shows his refusal to let his handicap disrupt his life. So if you’re looking for inspiration in the face of obstacles in your life, you will enjoy the poem below!
~ 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.
So no matter what the circumstance, just go on and be the master of your fate and captain of your soul!
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
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