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    • POEM: Invictus by William Ernest Henley (12/17/2009 1:10:00 AM)

      Like John Smith, I created an account just to add my two cents worth and here it is. You must understand when and under what circumstances this poem was written, He was in a hospital, they amputated is leg just below the knee and he wasn't well. When he regained his strenghth and knew he wasn't going to die, he wrote the poem from his hospital bed.

      Poems need to be interpreted and understood from when it was written, the economic and social climate, and the circumstances of the author.

      I don't care about the god issue. I'm happy he wrote a marvelous poem of optimism and strength. We are responsible for our lives and how we live it. People can lie in bed and just give up and die. Others fight.

      The poem and Elton John's song 'I'm still standing' was my theme song recovering from open heart surgery.

      And these Christians who take offense at everything need to lighten up.


      'nuff said.