Master of My Fate, Captain of My Soul

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I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.

 

Did you ever wonder where that phrase came from? I was poking around the Internet the other day and I found it, the quote above.   It’s from a poem entitled Invictus by William E. Henley:

 

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.

 

 

What do you think of the quote now that you see it in context? How has the meaning and impact of the poem changed for you? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.   Thanks!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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