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Friday, October 09, 2009

"Invictus" poem by William Ernest Henley --student reaction


Reread Henley's poem below, if needed and then choose a line from it that captures the theme of the piece, makes you think about your life, America, our freedoms, etc. Start you topic sentence with the line and the poet's name, stating what it means to you.

Ex. In William Ernest Henley's poem "Invictus" the line "Out of the night that covers me," captures the...

"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 unbowed.

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.

69 Comments:

  • At 12:43 PM , Blogger JTJ10 said...

    in"Invictus", a poem by William Ernest Henley, "i am the captain of my soul" captures me. It captures me because i am the captain of my soul and nobody else can take that from me.

     
  • At 12:43 PM , Blogger NS said...

    "I thank whatever gods may be for my unconquerable soul" (William Ernest Henley, Invictus). I liked this line the best because I too thank whatever Gods are there for my life. It reminded my of praying and giving thanks.

     
  • At 12:43 PM , Blogger Luke Marshall said...

    In "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley the line "I am the master of my fate" really sticks out to me because i feel that i am the leader of my life and no one can control me or tell me what to do.

     
  • At 12:45 PM , Blogger TD said...

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  • At 12:45 PM , Blogger Buffunicorn said...

    I am the master of my fate.

    This quote mean that in America we have the freedom to do as we choose. We can go our own paths to fit our needs. This freedom is most important to me.

     
  • At 12:45 PM , Blogger Savannah said...

    In William Earnest Henley's "Invictus," the line, "I am the master of my fate" captures the idea and belief of choice. When people decide to do things, the decide what their fate will be, may it be consequence or reward. America allows people to make choices of their own, and what they do will affect them and them only. This line caught my attention because of the tone. The tone was victorious, with authority, and sounded like he knew what he was doing, and knew what would happen. America gives the chance to make their own decisions. I see this line, and know that America is the place of choice. The promised land, where you can make your own choices, whether they be good or bad.

     
  • At 12:45 PM , Blogger Davis said...

    I feel that "i am the master of my fate" is the most powerful line in this peom. I think this because i agree with the statement. I feel that it reveals that we are the controllers of how our lives will end up. We can be the ones who decide whether or not our lives will be good or bad. I think that this could be bad for those who do not work as hard and those who are just wasting their lives away.

     
  • At 12:45 PM , Blogger baby_chick123 said...

    In the poem "Invictus" by William Ernest Henly, the line "I am the captain of my soul" reflects me because I am the captain of my soul. Nobody can make my decisions for me and nobody can decide whats right and wrong in my life. I believe that my soul is my own personal escape from the complicated world. What i do is my decision. No one else's. I make my own choices on what I believe is right and wrong in my life whether others might disagree with me or not.

     
  • At 12:46 PM , Blogger crawdaddy19 said...

    In "Invictus" by William Earnest Henley he says "I am the master of my fate," this means to me that you control what you decide what your actions are. The quote is very true you do control your fate you have to make the choices not anyone else. That is what that quote means to me.

     
  • At 12:46 PM , Blogger jrlval2 said...

    In the poem "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley two lines really captured my attention; "I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul". These two lines truly spoke out to everyone. No one can change who you are and this lines stated this idea very simply.

     
  • At 12:46 PM , Blogger Justin said...

    In the poem "invictus" by Willliam Ernest Henley the quote "Finds, and shall find me, unafraid" would relate to me because non of the others did but it would mean that if i had a fear and i had to face it i would not be scared.

     
  • At 12:46 PM , Blogger Katey said...

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  • At 12:47 PM , Blogger JM65 said...

    in "Invictus" by William Hanley "I am the master of my fate" i like this line because i am the one who controls my fate and no one else can decide that for me.

     
  • At 12:47 PM , Blogger Lexi612 said...

    In the poem, "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley the line "Finds, and shall find me, unafraid," relates to my anthem because I'm not afraid or nervous in my volleyball games anymore like i was when when i was younger.

     
  • At 12:47 PM , Blogger howdy95 said...

    In William Henley's "Invictus" the line "I am the master of my fate," really says to me that this guy has complete control of his life, and if he doesn't like it he will change it. He is the kind of guy that will die when he wants to die. He will not be silenced.

     
  • At 12:47 PM , Blogger dancingbaby23 said...

    In "Invictus" By William Ernest Henley the line "I am the master of my fate" stands out from the rest to me because it telling the truth. I am the master of my fate and it will be what I want it to be.

     
  • At 12:47 PM , Blogger valgavi23 said...

    The line in this poem that I can connect to my life is "I am the captain of my soul". Everything I think and do is something that I took charge of accomplishing.I am the captain of my emotions and choices in life. I take charge of everything I feel.

     
  • At 12:47 PM , Blogger Moriah said...

    In the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henly the line "In the fell clutch of circumstance" stood out to me. I think that in the hardest times you need to prevail and get through it with a good attitude.

     
  • At 12:48 PM , Blogger ravinous pear said...

    In William Ernest Henley's poem "I am the captain of my soul," expresses that America is free because he has the freedom to captain is own soul and choose his own path. i think this quote expresses the American dream because it says he made his own way and didn't need anyone else

     
  • At 12:48 PM , Blogger isaac3777ahsfootball said...

    "Invictus" poem by William Ernest Henley --My head is bloody, but unbowed i think that i have the same feeling about life isaac

     
  • At 12:48 PM , Blogger nacho.man said...

    "My head is bloody, but unbowed"(poem by Willliam Ernest). It captures the theme of the poem by saying no matter what happens in life, you always carry your head high.

     
  • At 12:48 PM , Blogger Kaley said...

    Kaley Smith
    In "Invictus" By William Ernest Henley the Quote that best describes me is " I am the captain of my soul." I decide who I am I try to not let others define me. I let myself shine through I am the guide of my life I don't let others lead me.

     
  • At 12:48 PM , Blogger Prettynpink62091 said...

    William Ernest Henley wrote "I am the Captain of my own soul" This quote explains it's self. Nobody but you runs your life but you. Nobody can take control of your soul and what you believe in.

     
  • At 12:49 PM , Blogger Katey said...

    In the poem "Invictus" the line "I am the master of my fate," relates to everyones life, in my opinion. You can control your decisions, and where your life goes, for the most part. While you are young your parents contribute a little bit, but you always decide your fate. You choose where you go, who you hang out with, what you do or try, and that will all effect your fate.

     
  • At 12:49 PM , Blogger da-artistBS said...

    In William Ernest Henley's "Invictus", the line "My head is bloody, but unbowed." represents America's view on being ruled by an imperial power. In the Revolutionary war, Britain beat America in a pulp. But America refused to bow down, and ended up winning because of their persistence.

     
  • At 12:49 PM , Blogger Zach said...

    In the poem "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley my favorite line was "I am the master of my fate; I am the master of my soul. I liked this line because it states the American dream of being able to change your fate and do whatever you want for a living. It also expresses the freedom of religion that we have in the U.S.A.

     
  • At 12:49 PM , Blogger TD said...

    In "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley
    the line "I am the captain of my soul." makes me feel inspiration to take control of my own life. The word captain changes the line because a captain is in control of everything on his ship, which is the way I want my life to be.

     
  • At 12:55 PM , Blogger Veronica said...

    In William Ernest Henley’s Poem, “ Invictus”, the line that states, “ I have not winced nor cried aloud,” describes me and connects to me because things do happen and I don’t complain or show the pain to others. I find no need to tell people of my pain, I can move on without having to bring people into my problems. Though, I may tell someone my pains, but only to help myself clear my mind of it.
    by loudly stating my reasons of pain, I show weakness and uncertainty.

     
  • At 12:55 PM , Blogger ryans2013 said...

    "I am my captains soul" makes me think of the picture because when I here the word captain, it makes me think of Pirates of the Caribbean. When I see this picture it reminds me of a darks see.

     
  • At 12:58 PM , Blogger jfootball25 said...

    The poem "Invictus" written by William Ernest Henley that has lines that mean a lot to me, one of them is "I am the captain of my soul" because my soul is a bigg part of my live.

     
  • At 3:12 PM , Blogger Raven said...

    under oppressive curcumstances those who have very little material subsistance revert to the inalienable infinity of ones one internal space.Whilst this is rather protestant. Its the only space the oppressde have left. Dissimulate.

     
  • At 5:18 PM , Blogger AnotherDay said...

    Interesting that there are the references to how this poem refers to America. The poet was English. The sentiments are profoundly English. If ever there was a poem that said 'keep a stiff upper lip' this is it.

     
  • At 8:38 PM , Blogger Max said...

    In the poem "Invictus", the line "My head is bloody, but unbowed" truly captures the unhindered perseverance that this powerful poem perveys so exquisitly. I feel like I try to live my life like in the same way, no matter how beaten, depressed or embarrassed I have been, I persevere towards my goals unfailingly, uncomprisingly and unhindered.

     
  • At 9:09 PM , Blogger Torii said...

    In the poem "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley, I like the line "and yet the menace of the years finds, and shall find me not afraid". I reminds me that once fear is dealt with one can live life freely and that fear is only a state of mind. Also is reminds me of the Eleanor Roosevelt quote that says we must do what we fear.

     
  • At 6:46 PM , Blogger Michael said...

    In the poem " Invictus" by William Ernest Henley, i like the lines "I am the master of my fate;I am the captain of my soul." these lines remind me of my of my old high school principal,Mircles Felix. He always told me," you need to need know who you are if really want to be successful in life. Everyone has a destiny, it your job to manage it the way you have to." that statement make me think after ready the poem "Invictus" that," I am the master of my fate;I am the captain of soul"

     
  • At 10:51 AM , Blogger jose ch. said...

    In the poem '' invictus'' by William Ernest Henley,I like the line. '' my head is bloody, but unbowed.'' I feel like I try to live my life in the same way. No matter what happens in life I always carry my head high.

     
  • At 1:36 PM , Blogger Nhu Tran said...

    In the poem "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley, i like the line:"i am the master of my fate; i am the captain of my soul". It's represents that you are free, independent. You are not someone's slave. You can do what you want

     
  • At 1:40 PM , Blogger thanh said...

    In the poem "invictus" by William Ernest Henley, I like two lines " I am a master of my fate and I am the captain of my soul". I like two lines because it is a strong of a person who can indenpent and surmount obstacle.They can do whatever they want.

     
  • At 1:56 PM , Blogger bonasse said...

    In the poem "Invictus" by william ernest henley, there is two line who cut my attention, the first one is "black as the pit from pole to pole" this line make me thinking about those people who's in jail make me ask myself how did anyone who's behind bars feel? and what are they thinking.the second one is "i am the master of my fate, i am the captain of my soul" i love this line because that true everybody should think like that. me after god i am the master of my fate and i am the captain of my soul.

     
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  • At 2:48 PM , Blogger Nerlande Dieudonne said...

    in the invictus poem i will love one lines , i am the master on my fate , i am the captain on my soul because it' makes all proud, it' makes me develop my talents and skills, and make me strong, accomsplishment had no color even though iam a black,i can't sit my own goals in education.to be in example for others. This lines makes me improve of energy ,rich quality, involving my determination to fight the many obstacles of my lifes,with my honest spirit the greteast award is herlping all people over the world experienceand enjoy their art.

     
  • At 7:18 PM , Blogger Ruthchelle said...

    In the poem ''invictus'' by William Ernest Henley I like the line ''I am the captain of my soul .It captures me because I need to be independent no one can be the leader of my life.I want to do what is possible and decide by my self.

     
  • At 12:04 PM , Blogger mondy said...

    In the poem Invictus By William Ernest Henley I like the line I am the master of my fate. I chose this line because when you know you have faith to do thing and you realize your dream.

     
  • At 12:05 PM , Blogger mondy said...

    My name yves Elisna In the poem Invictus By William Ernest Henley I like the line I am the master of my fate. I chose this line because when you know you have faith to do thing and you realize your dream.

     
  • At 7:50 AM , Blogger Torii said...

    in the poem invictus by William Ernest Henley i like the line "i am the master of my soul" i chose this line, because when you do something you do with courege and nobody can not stop what you want.

     
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    In the poem Invictus by Ernest Henley I like the first line
    "Out of the night that covers me,"
    While I try and keep a positive mental attitude in my daily living, my brothers suicide at age 47, took me to a darker place in my powerlessness to help one the people I knew best. I think I did what I could, but I'll always wonder. He was in a dark place with internal and external pain that I hope to never experience.

     
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