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Poems I Like: “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley

Today, I am working on a copy project for a big-time investor. At the bottom of one of his emails to me, he pasted the following poem. I think this is a great one for anyone to read when feeling like the world is backing them into a corner or punching them in the ribs. Enjoy.


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.

— William Ernest Henley

adversity, poetry