William Earnest Henley

palatino; font-size: small;”>Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
palatino; font-size: small;”>For my unconquerable soul.

palatino; font-size: small;”>I have not winced nor cried aloud.
palatino; font-size: small;”>My head is bloody, but unbowed.

palatino; font-size: small;”>Looms but the Horror of the shade,
palatino; font-size: small;”>Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

palatino; font-size: small;”>How charged with punishments the scroll.
palatino; font-size: small;”>I am the captain of my soul.


William Ernest Henley (23 August 1849 – 11 July 1903) was an English poet, critic and editor , best remembered for his 1875 poem “Invictus”. It is said that this poem was written in 1875 as a demonstration of his resilience following the amputation of his foot due to tubercular infection.

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