Invictus

   

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     Invictus is a lyric poem with an ABAB rhyme scheme by William Ernest Henley. The category of mood I would give this poem is gloomy because the perspective of the speaker is dreadful. Although the main focus is not fully sad, there is a confident feeling in this poem. I feel that the poem's overall message for others is "try, try, try" or "stay strong", but the words say brave. 

    One example of bravery in the poem is in this dreadful toned quote."My head is bloody, but unbowed." Because William used such strong  words and figurative language, it made his lyric more deep. Personification is shown in this line "...out of the night that covers me."(Henley)Because the night can not actually cover the speaker, it is known as figurative language. Bravery is a major key in between the lives inside and outside of the poem. Outside as in the author's life, and inside as the speaker's. 

    Literally, Invictus is about a confident character who does not show  pain in hardships. There  could be a few reasons why William Henley put his character in such a struggle but it's best to find the truth. Unfortunately, William Henley lived with tuberculosis but this did not stop him on succeeding anything he did."William Ernest Henley". I feel that this is the reason for his poem. He says " it matters not how straight the gate"(Henley). His life with tuberculosis was similar to the one in Invictus."William Ernest Henley". By saying "Beyond this place of wrath and tears"(Henley), it further more explains the  poor environment William Henley lived in. "William Ernest Henley"

     It seems as if William was trying to say "I am who I am, strong and proud" He says "I am the captain of my soul", meaning he controls his future for himself and no blocks will fit its definition. It is wonderful that a man with such a disease can look past the negative qualities in his life.


Bibliography:

"William Ernest Henley." The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2008. Encyclopedia.com. 24 Feb. 2010 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"William Ernest Henley." 2010. Biography.com. 24 Feb 2010, 02:35 http://www.biography.com/articles/William-Ernest-Henley-9334890.




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                              Invictus Analysis

    One example of bravery in the poem is in this dreadful toned quote."My head is bloody, but unbowed." Because William used such strong  words and figurative language, it made his lyric more deep. Personification is shown in this line "...out of the night that covers me." Because the night can not actually cover the speaker, it is known as figurative language. Bravery is a major key in between the lives inside and outside of the poem. Outside as in the author's life, and inside as the speaker's. 

    Literally, Invictus is about a confident character who does not show  pain in hardships. There  could be a few reasons why William Henley put his character in such a struggle but it's best to find the truth. Unfortunately, William Henley lived with tuberculosis, but this did not stop him on succeeding anything he did.(?????).I feel that this is the reason for his poem. He says " it matters not how straight the gate". His life with tuberculosis was similar to the one in Invictus.(cite this paragraph)

     It seems as if William was trying to say "I am who I am, strong and proud" He says "I am the captain of my soul", meaning he controls his future for himself and no blocks will fit its definition. It is wonderful that a man with such a disease can look past the negative qualities in his life.

Very good writing! Mabye talk a little more though on what other stanzas of the poem mean and how this poem shows courage. Also add a bibliography.







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