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Invictus by William Ernst Henley – A Poem of Strength & Persistence

Strength of the Human Spirit

Here is a poem that centers around the strength of the human spirit. The words of which describes how a subtle but firm persistence in pursuit of one’s purpose means everything. It is a rally cry for those who find themselves faced with immense trials and affliction to never back down or give in. These immortal words will always be a stark reminder that we are the masters of our own destiny.

Invictus is actually one of my favorite go-to poems when I’m faced with difficult times and feel like throwing in the towel. The words are blunt, unfiltered and raw – meant to inspire resistance and defiance even in the faintest of hearts. Invictus actually means “unconquerable” or “undefeated” in Latin.


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. 

Written In Adversity, to Inspire Great Action

Written by William Ernest Henley when he was hospitalized for treatment of tuberculosis, having gone through years and years of pain and suffering. The word was that he had to be amputated from the knee down.

The poem speaks from itself on Henley’s grim determination and resolve, which now serves as a beacon of hope for many others going through difficult moments in their lives.

Remember that the turning point for success often comes through at some moment of crisis – when we push past our breaking point and in doing so, transform our very selves into a something more powerful and confident.

I hope this poem will fill you with hope and grit as it has done for me on countless occasions. Push through my friend and you will manifest your success in time!

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