Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Invictus by William Earnest Henley

Clint Eastwood's upcoming film, Invictus, is based on the story of Rubry player Francois Pienaar and Nelson Mendela's leadership to unite his divided nation with a sense of national pride.

The film's title, Invictus, is inspired by the poem by the English poet William Ernest Henley. Invictus meaning "unconquered" in Latin was written from a hospital bed as Henley struggled with his health relating tuberculosis as well as having an amputated limb.

This poem was first published in 1875.

Invictus
by William Ernest Henley

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 unbow'd.

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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