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Tommy Geske Waxahachie / United States, Male, 56
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    • POEM: Invictus by William Ernest Henley (12/25/2009 12:41:00 PM)

      David Austin,

      I agree with your comments regarding Invictus. However, you say it is death that he is defying. It seems to me that it is life that he is defying.

      Death can be a welcome friend at the end of suffering. However Henley faces eveyr challenge that life brings to him without a bowing his head. Driven forward by the fact that he is the 'master of his fate' and 'the captain of his soul.'

      Some have commented about a crisis of faith. But it seems to me that Henley is thanking God for the strength that does imbue him, though may not know who it is that brings him such strength he acknowledges his being and presence.

      It interesting that many comments here discuss the relevance of God in Henley's equation. The truth is faith is just that, faith. Though we personally may be convinced, we can never be certain. There is always an element of truth in God that just can not be proven totally, hence we call it 'faith in God.'

      The element of certainty in God is a myth. I think Henley balances this reality quite well, showing us all that in the end, it is up to to make certain that our soul is not conquered by the harsh realities that we call life.

      Just my thoughts though, sir.............