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    • POEM: Invictus by William Ernest Henley (6/29/2010 1:02:00 PM)

      After hearing this poem a few years ago, and since again hearing it though the Mandela Biography, This poem made so much sense to me it was scary. Recently i learned of Henley's leg amputation just prior to writing this poem and now i know why i like it so much.
      Chris Dardick you are dead on about your point of view with this poem. I went through a similar ordeal as Henley without the amputation. I lost the use of some muscles in my leg from the knee after a horrific accident three years ago. I was told I would not walk again and there was no hope. With a lot of Hard work and surgery I can not only walk but I can run!

      What Henley is telling us is pretty simple He wrote this after a time when he was uncertain and in despair regarding his future. However he planned to push through the adversity with positive thinking and courage. A good percentage of people give up on life when faced with personnel hardship and adversity. Henley is obviously not one of those. One will never know if they are or not until they are in a situation that will reveal such a trait of character.
      Every word of this poem rings through to me at a profoundly deep level. I know I possess such traits as I have overcome the odds and took back my life with great force, although it was not easy.

      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.

      He seems to be speaking of once being in a very dark place in the first two lines. The second two tells us that he is no longer there. Thankful that his soul is still 'unconquerable'. Truly inspirational words.
      That is just my opinion, but the great thing about poetry is everyone can obtain their own meaning.