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    • POEM: Invictus by William Ernest Henley (9/7/2010 12:41:00 PM)

      can picture the man writing this. Sitting in the deep of night with the gaslight low and the quiet pervading the whole world, perhaps feeling the phantom ache that many who lose a limb feel, trying to capture his resolution in the face of trials in perfect rhyme and meter. In my minds eye I see him perk up after the first verse, knowing that he has something and the pen flies across the paper as if by itself until the final 'l' and then he sits back, reads and smiles to himself.

      Well, it may not be accurate but it is the picture my mind presents.

      I like what this poem says and the fact that each line is eight syllables, alternating lines rhyming, (and I am sure that there is a technical term for that which escapes me at the moment, and this ignorance will bring sniffs and scoffs...whatever) makes me like it more.

      I'm a sucker for Quatrians. : -p Finally, my memory kicked in and I googled it! XD

      In any case, what a well crafted poem this is. Simple and thoughtful, plain and elegant, clever and still the cause of spirited debate so many years later. I just wish people could learn to disagree without invective. Really.

      I thank whatever gods may be the I AM not so judgemental.