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May 20, 2012

The Man Behind Invictus

Recently I finally got around to watching the film Invictus which turned out to be both an informative and inspiring movie to see. However, what caught my attention in the film was the repeated mention of a poem upon which the name of the film is based. I couldn’t resist allowing curiosity to get the best of me and did a little research. Poet William Ernest Henley is the author of this beautiful poem: Invictus 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. But don’t stop there! Click on this link to find a plethora of other works by this amazing poet! You won’t be disappointed. Enjoy! :)