30 Days of Poetry Love 2- Anthology- William Ernest Henley


Credit image: National Poetry Month logo/Poets.org

Happy April 15!

Today’s poem is by William Ernest Henley. A poem inspired after he had one of his legs amputated below his knee at the age of 12. Made further famous, as it was Nelson Mandela’s favorite poem. And which helped him to remain strong while imprisoned for 27 years.


William Ernest Henley; Credit image: Poetryfoundation.org

To anyone who has ever felt oppressed. Who has met adversity and found their path and dreams blocked by forces outside their control. So to remember not to bow your head in defeat. Or let the weight of your burdens crush you and to keep hope alive, I dedicate to you Invictus.

7 thoughts on “30 Days of Poetry Love 2- Anthology- William Ernest Henley

    • It makes me so glad to hear that. Yeah, that last line really hits home that despite everything, it is our choices to not bend to our ill fate/misfortune to become master of our fates.


  1. Wow, what a great poem. I almost never like poems and was a bit skeptical when I saw the topic of the post. But having someone read it out-loud and having the bit of imagery to go with it really made it alive. I listened to it twice. I honestly enjoyed it so much. Thanks for sharing!

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