Poem: by William Ernest Henley

Artists and Poets, speak through their poems and songs. Their emotions can be felt in many instances. 

In this poem, William Ernest Henley, had some health problems.
He was diagnosed with Tuberculosis of the bone, at the age of 12, which later spread to one of his feet. Despite his illness, he completed the Oxford local exam as a senior. And was able to live a successful life.

He had been told by physicians, he needed to have both feet amputated. He received a medical procedure that enabled him to avoid amputation of his feet. In his poem he expresses determination to face challenges unafraid.
* Invictus is Latin for unconquered


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 gait,
How charged with punishment the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

___ William Ernest Henley
English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903).

__ Ellen J. Barrier
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