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Transcript of Invictus
By: William Ernest Why I Chose This Piece I chose this piece because I remember watching the movie "Invictus" and the poem being so inspiring. As the poem was being read in the film, the director showed different images and connected them to the poems meaning. This poem by William Ernest Henley describes life and death. It also relates the fact that any barrier can be overcome. The author wants to convey to that reader that anything is possible and no one should be afraid of death. This poem is very inspiring and I’m sure that many people read it when they are in a difficult life situation. It is composed of four quatrains and it is a lyric poem. The rhyme scheme is abab cdcd efef ghgh.
The First stanza contains many types of literary devices. The first line uses personification. This is because night can not actually cover someone. The second line uses a simile and alliteration. The simile is “Black as the pit…” The alliteration is “ pole to pole.” The first stanza simply means that the author is ready to overcome the trouble that is looming over him. He is unafraid and knowing that he cannot be overcome by it. He also alludes to a god or gods. This meaning that he cannot be conquered by anything.
The second stanza also contains many literary devices. The first line contains alliteration with “ clutch of circumstance.” The second line uses imagery when it relates to wincing or crying aloud. Line three contains personification because chance cannot beat or bludgeon. Line four also contains imagery when referring to a bloody head. This stanza means that the problem he encountered is grave but no matter what he will stand tall. He is determined to overcome it.
The third stanza does not contain many literary devices. In the second line there is personification with horror looming. This third stanza relates to death and being unafraid of it. It relates that beyond the trouble and misfortune he is encountering now there is something worse. Death . But if he does encounter death he will be unafraid because he tried very hard to overcome his problem.
Stanza number four contains one literary device also. The first line has internal rhyme ( strait, gate.) This last stanza mean that each person is in control of how their life will turn out. It means that each person in their actions determines for themselves whether they will be successful or not. It means that no matter how hard it is , or how many mistakes you make , everyone is in charge of their fate and their overall outcome of life.
All in all, I truly enjoyed this poem. It inspired me to try hard to become successful. I especially liked the last two lines “ I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” They are extremely empowering. I believe that I will look back on this poem whenever I encounter a hardship. I believe it will help me to get through it.
Hi Ms. Kirk HELLO AHMED Hi VICTORIA Good Afternoon Everybody LITERARY ELEMENTS Invictus
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 bludgeoning 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. Follow me on @FreddyNezzy THE END