Invictus Analysis

Linnea Palmer
Period 4
2/25/10


Invictus Analysis

           “Invictus”, by William Ernest Henley, is a very powerful, well written, and detailed poem.  After reading this poem several times, you can tell the speaker is going through  pain.  The pain he was going through while writing this poem was caused by an infectious disease called tuberculosis.  Henley has had tuberculosis ever since he was a young child.  He has feared of the death that may come from tuberculosis for quite awhile.  While reading this poem Henley wrote in his hospital bed, you can just imagine the fear he was having inside of him.

            As the speaker stated, “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. (Henley)”, you can just envision the thoughts of death that are running through the speaker's head.  When the speaker talked about the night covering him, it seems as if it's the thought of death since his youth, and the black as the pit, was where he felt he would go when he dies.  With the fear of death still running through his head, the speaker thanked gods for his unconquerable soul, because he felt they were the reason he was still surviving tuberculosis.   

            In the second stanza, the speaker stated, “In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud.  Under the bludgeonings of chance my head is bloody, but not unbowed. (Henley)”.  When stated, I feel the speaker was talking about how tuberculosis has tried to kill him before, and it will continue to do so.  The speaker tried to not let the fear show on the outside, even though it was bursting on the inside.  You can really tell by the details Henley gave, that the speaker was very tough mentally.  When he talked about his head not being unbowed, he was talking about that even though it was taking over his life, he would not let it ruin him completely.  

            The third stanza stated, “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. (Henley)”  In this stanza, the speaker talked about the life he was living in, and that it was full of tears coming from people scared to lose him.  The shade the speaker was talking about in the poem, was the place he would go after he died.  It's the place he would no longer be able to see all the people that were there for him at the hospital.  Even though the speaker had tuberculosis for so long, he still hid his fear from everyone, to show them he was unafraid.

               In the last stanza it is written, “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 (Henley)”  The speaker said this, meaning that it didn’t matter how rocky or troubled his past life was, he knew he would die eventually, so he was going to keep living his life the way he wanted to.

          The theme of “Invictus” would have to be survival after all the troubles he went through while having tuberculosis.  When writing the poem, Henley, used the rhyme format ABAB, meaning every other line rhymed.  To make the poem more visual, Henley added in some similes such as, “Black as the Pit from pole to pole (Henley)”.  William Ernest Henley did a great job of giving details and thoughts, so the reader could imagine what he was going through.

 

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           “Invictus”, by William Ernest Henley, is a very powerful, well written, and detailed poem.  After reading this poem over and over again(Change over and over again to several times) you can tell the speaker is going through some sort of pain(change some sort of pain, to just pain).  The pain he was going through while writing this poem was tuberculosis.  Henley has had tuberculosis ever since he was young, and has feared of the death that may come from it(change it to two different sentences). When(Change when to while) reading this poem Henley wrote in the(change the to his) hospital bed, you can just imagine the fear he is having inside of him.

            As the speaker stated, “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. (Henley)”, you just imagine the speaker thinking about death(change to you can just imagine the thoughts of death that are running through the speaker's head).  When the speaker talked about the night covering him, it seems as if it is(it's) the thought of death since his youth, and the black as the pit, is where he feels he will go when he dies.  With the fear of death still running through his head, the speaker thanked gods for his unconquerable soul, because he felt they were the reason he was still surviving tuberculosis.   

            In the second stanza the speaker stated, “In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud.  Under the bludgeonings of chance my head is bloody, but not unbowed. (Henley)”.  When he(the speaker) stated that, I feel the speaker was talking about how tuberculosis has tried to kill him before, and it will keep trying.  The speaker tried to not let the fear show on the outside, even though it was bursting on the inside.  You can really tell by the details Henley gave, that the speaker was very tough.  When he talked about his head not being unbowed, he was talking about that even though it was taking over his life, he would not let it ruin him completely.  

            The third stanza stated, “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. (Henley)” In this stanza, the speaker talked about the life he was living in, and that it was full of tears coming from people scared to lose him.  The shade the speaker was talking about in the poem, was the place he would go after he died, and the place he would no longer be able to see all the people that were there for him at the hospital.  Even though the speaker had this (tuberculosis) for so long, he still hid his fear from everyone, to show them he was unafraid.

               In the last stanza it is written, “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 (Henley)” The speaker said this, meaning that it didn’t matter how rocky or troubled his past life was, he knew he would die eventually, so he was going to keep living his life the way he wanted to.

          The theme of “Invictus” would have to be survival after all the troubles he went through while having tuberculosis.  When writing the poem, Henley, used the rhyme format ABAB, meaning every other line rhymed.  To make the poem more visual, Henley added in some similes such as, “Black as the Pit from pole to pole (Henley)” William Ernest Henley did a great job of giving details and thoughts, so the reader could imagine what he was going through.

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           “Invictus”, by William Ernest Henley, is a very powerful, well written, and detailed poem.  After reading this poem over and over again you can tell the speaker is going through some sort of pain.  The pain he was going through while writing this poem was tuberculosis.  Henley has had tuberculosis ever since he was young, and has feared of the death that may come from it. When reading this poem Henley wrote in the hospital bed, you can just imagine the fear he is having inside of him.

            As the speaker stated, “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. (Henley)”, you just imagine the speaker thinking about death.  When the speaker talked about the night covering him, it seems as if it is the thought of death since his youth, and the black as the pit, is where he feels he will go.  With the fear of death still running through his head, the speaker thanked gods for his unconquerable soul, because he felt they were the reason he was still surviving tuberculosis.   

            In the second stanza the speaker stated, “In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud.  Under the bludgeonings of chance my head is bloody, but not unbowed. (Henley)”.  When he stated that, I feel the speaker was talking about how tuberculosis has tried to kill him before, and it will keep trying.  The speaker tried to not let the fear show on the outside, even though it was bursting on the inside.  You can really tell by the details Henley gave, that the speaker was very tough.  When he talked about his head not being unbowed, he was talking about that even though it was taking over his life, he would not let it ruin him completely.  

            The third stanza stated, “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. (Henley)” In this stanza the speaker talked about the life he was living in, that was full of tears coming from people scared to lose him.  The shade was the place he would go after he died, and the place he would no longer be able to see all the people there for him at the hospital.  Even though the speaker had this for so long, he still hid his fear from everyone, to show them he was unafraid.

               In the last stanza it is written, “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 (Henley)” The speaker said this, meaning that it didn’t matter how rocky or troubled his past life was, he knew he would die eventually, so he was going to keep living his life the way he wanted to.

          The theme of “Invictus” would have to be survival after all the troubles he went through while having tuberculosis.  When writing the poem, Henley, used the rhyme format ABAB, meaning every other line rhymed.  To make poem more visual, Henley added in some similes such as, “Black as the Pit from pole to pole (Henley)” William Ernest Henley did a great job of giving details and thoughts, so the reader could imagine what he was going through.


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“Invictus” (italicize), by William Ernest Henley, is a very powerful, well written, and detailed poem.  After reading the poem over and over again I got a sense that the poem is talking about some kind of battle he is facing.  It shows the struggles that are being faced, and the hope that they will have a positive outcome. It gives (portrays?) the feeling that Mr. Henley had while going through some hard times. What feeling?

            When reading the first stanza, you get the feeling that the writer (speaker) is picturing a big field full of troubles.  With the writer talking about thanking the gods, it shows that the poet is religious and believes in God.  It seems to be very dark and dangerous, but he is brave and will not go down without a fight.  

            When he stated that he will not cry or winced out loud, (show quotation marks and cite it from the poem) it shows his strong side, that he stays tough.  You can tell by the details that it is not a good circumstance, and that it is very bloody and dangerous out there. The person being written about in the story has been fighting through this battle for many years now. (what battle?) Everyone around him is full of tears, but he is still unafraid, even though he described it as horror.

            At the end he talks about all the punishments that come about if you do something wrong, but he believes that you control your own life, and you can turn it into whatever you would like. (Henley) He is very brave, and he is going to fight this battle till the end. (write in past tense, because it makes no sense when you say he IS going to when he already did)      



Good writing, i think you need more details and talk more about the poem and what it means, but good start.

-Put in quotations
-talk more about what kinds of alliteration and things the poet used
-write more about what inspired Henley to compose the poem, like his tuberculosis '
-cite lines from the poem 
 
edited by : emma hopkins
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    “Invictus”, by William Ernest Henley, is a very powerful, well written, and detailed poem.  After reading the poem over and over again I got a sense that the poem is talking about some kind of battle he is facing.  It shows the struggles that are being faced, and the hope that they have a positive outcome.  It gives the feeling that Mr. Henley had, while going through some hard times.

            When reading the first stanza, you get the feeling that the writer is picturing a big field full of troubles.  With the writer talking about thanking the gods, it shows that the poet is religious and believes in God.  It seems to be very dark and dangerous, but he is brave and will not go down without a fight.  

            When he stated that he will not cry or winced out loud, it shows his strong side that he stays tough.  You can tell by the details that it is not a good circumstance, and that it is very bloody and dangerous out there. The person being written about in the story has been fighting through this battle for many years now.  Everyone around him is full of tears, but he is still unafraid, even though he described it as horror.

            At the end he talks about all the punishments that come about if you do something wrong, but he believes that you control your own life, and you can turn it into whatever you would like.  He is very brave, and he is going to fight this battle till the end.  



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