Self-Encouragement: Invictus, a Poem by William Ernest Henley


Many people have been inspired and encouraged by the following poem.  The line that seems to be the most popular in the poem is :…Under the bludgeonings of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed.”

It’s very comforting and hopeful line because all of us want to feel and believe that in spite of Life bruising us, we’ll still stand tall with our character and integrity intact.

Here’s the poem:


  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

What do you think of it? Which line was, or lines were, your favorite? Jot them down and carry them with you. Refer to them often.

You can do it!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,




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