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Transcript of 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 crie aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
life has been tough but I still keep going
even if an obstacle comes my way, I will keep my head high
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 afraid
Life is hard and dark and I do not know what is to come, but I am not afraid of it
He believes in afterlife, different from 1st stanza
Personification: Looms, Finds and shall find me unafraid
Metaphor: shade, menace of the years
by William Ernest Henley
this author faced struggles
Even while sitting in the darkest place possible, I'm in control of myself
simile: black as the pit
strong sense of imagery of night
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the captain of my fate,
I am the master of my soul.
No matter how difficult the path is, or what obstacles come my way, I control my future
bibical allusion of scroll
the author is expressing his fearlessness
Writer Sia Heny describes courage
No matter what obstacle come your way, keep your head high
Invictus is Latin for "unconquered"
always a bright spot in the darkest places
taking control of beliefs
pity for author
shows how strong someone can be
a little sad and depressed, yet strong
undefeated (author suffered tuberculosis, left leg amputated from knee down, hospitalized most of his life)
strong while not giving up
sad about constant struggles,yet powerful
creates strong mood
How the author feels about his/ her writing
How the reader feels while reading the poem
What we think:
from the movie Invictus
about Nelson Mandela's life
during the 1995 Rugby World Cup and the struggles in South Africa
like the poem, the movie is about struggles faced during life and about staying with your beliefs
Writer Sia Henry explains "Invictus" as "an insightful commentary on the capability of the human mindset to triumph over the body's physical state" (Henry 19).
explains inability of being overcome
inspiring message of resilience
Henry's views are accurate and depict the poem and the author's feelings well
Henry, Sia. Becoming Unconquerable (n.d.): n. pag. Spring 2008. Web. 24 May 2014. <http://twp.duke.edu/uploads/assets/Henry.pdf>.
Langstaff, Maria. "An Analysis of William Ernest Henley's Poem "Invictus"" Suite. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 May 2014. <https://suite.io/maria-langstaff/56sb23b>.
By William Ernest Henley