Read this brilliant poem “Invictus” by William Henley. Henley, suffered tuberculosis as a child, had his legs amputated, and wrote this poem from a hospital bed. It’s a brilliant piece of writing – full of glory. No wonder it’s been adopted by the U.S. Naval Academy as its class motto. [link]

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.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

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5 Responses to Unconquerable

  1. Anand says:

    A happy man is always master of his fate. :-)
    But this poem reminds me more of the legendary “Ashtavakra”.

  2. Sandeep says:

    :) loved the movie and the poem

  3. @anand: Read the story of Ashtavakra as well. Interesting!
    @sandy: Haven’t seen the movie. But the poem is awesome. Concise and very well written!

  4. Noor says:

    The beauty of this poem is like the song of the thorn bird!

    “There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. And, dying, it rises above its own agony to out carol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the cost of great pain… Or so says the legend.”
    — Colleen McCullough (The Thorn Birds)

  5. @Noor: Thanks. The quote is beautiful.

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