INVICTUS by William Earnest Henley – MEETING THE CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong

FOWC with Fandango — Challenge

by William Ernest Henley

William Ernest Henley, born August 23, 1849, was an influential British poet, perhaps best known for his poem “Invictus” (1875). He is the author of A Song of Speed (D. Nutt, 1903), Hawthorn & Lavender with Other Verses (D. Nutt, 1901), and For England’s Sake: Verses and Songs in Time of War (D. Nutt, 1900), among others. He died in Woking, England, on July 11, 1903.

If ever a poem spoke of meeting a challenge, this one does. I don’t actually believe I am the master of my fate. I don’t think any of us are, but there are times when hanging on to the thought helps you through otherwise hard times.

12 thoughts on “INVICTUS by William Earnest Henley – MEETING THE CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. I think the aspect of our fate we can master is how we face it. My dad was very brave in the way he met his fate. He used his rational mind to ameliorate the oncoming disasters that he could. I’m very grateful that he was my dad and that I was old enough to see and understand what he was doing. When I read this poem, it always seems to be about my dad, “bloody but unbowed” with his “unconquerable soul.” ❤


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