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Invictus

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This anthology contains the masterpiece of Henley "Invictus" and over 100 other poems. Nicely formatted with capital letters, page break and interactive toc!

At the age of 12, Henley fell victim to tuberculosis of the bone. A few years later, the disease progressed to his foot, and physicians announced that the only way to save his life was to amputate directly below the kn
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Kindle Edition, 199 pages
Published September 17th 2010 by Francesco Libri (first published 1875)
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Kat
Aug 23, 2012 Kat rated it it was amazing
LOVELY. I HEAR MORGAN FREEMAN'S VOICE RECITING IT WHEN I REMEMBER IT.
Marco
Dec 05, 2013 Marco rated it it was amazing
SO inspiring.

I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.
Sheila Woofter
Dec 02, 2014 Sheila Woofter rated it it was amazing
A four stanza poem. I came across this poem when looking up book club discussion questions for the book Invictus, by John Carlin. Makes the book's title more understandable.
Baltasar
Jun 11, 2014 Baltasar rated it it was amazing
verrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy gooooooooodddddddddd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ninetailedkat
Mar 04, 2016 Ninetailedkat rated it did not like it
Biased and doesn't give whole picture of Madela's life as it pertains to this story. With all the hype of the movie, i expected much more about the game which I thought was the whole point of the book. Lots of background to the point of only about 1/6 of the book actually even mentions that. Since the author insists on all the background, he needs to give the COMPLETE background. The big problem with this book is the author is in love with Mandella. Although Mandela did have many good accomplish ...more
Dimitris
Jan 26, 2014 Dimitris rated it it was amazing
Only that poem could inspire a man like Nelson Mandela!
Truly inspiring & motivational!
Tessa
Jan 01, 2015 Tessa rated it it was amazing
My favorite poem
Ayushi
Oct 17, 2014 Ayushi rated it it was amazing
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade

Oh! what beautiful, beautiful lines. Yummy, to say the least. The poem is simply adorable!
Fausto Filipponi
Aug 05, 2015 Fausto Filipponi rated it it was amazing
i saw the film and this book is better because it was focused more on the second characters and on the process of transformation of the society of southafrica
Kate
Dec 18, 2015 Kate rated it it was amazing
What a great book about sports, freedom and the shaky peace in South Africa. This book is yet more proof of Nelson Mandela's staggering genius.
Sneh Pradhan
Jul 18, 2014 Sneh Pradhan rated it really liked it
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.....
Felipe Scokin
REally strong words that helped Mandela guide South Africa to glory when apartheid had just ended. Loved it!
MischaS_
This poem is simply amazing. In 4 strophes it says so much and for the one who understand to poems can be really helpful. Actually, this summer I met a girl who told me about this poem and I'm really grateful.

Love this poem so much! I just read it in English and in Czech, so I can say that 100% I prefer English version. Now, I'm going to look for the French one.
And guys, read it! So short that it won't last more that 1 minute and you will love it :)

EDIT: Well in French is also amazing, still I
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Cheryl
Apr 25, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Very famous poet and poerty=love at first "read"
Shannon Buckley
Mar 03, 2015 Shannon Buckley rated it it was amazing
So so so meaningful.
Biplav Adhikari
Jul 29, 2014 Biplav Adhikari rated it it was amazing
wow motherfucker, beat that!
MeltemSultan
Oct 12, 2015 MeltemSultan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poeticjustice, shorts
"I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul."


My head is bloody, but unbowed.

I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.


LOVED THIS POEM. Inspiring.
Elle
Jan 16, 2013 Elle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, poetry
This book of poetry is fantastic! I especially enjoy Henley's shorter works and the works from when he stayed in hospital. He has a great way with words and you can't help but speak them lyrically as you read through this book.
Patricia
Oct 06, 2011 Patricia rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-plays
This book of poetry was very good. I particularly liked the poems he wrote about his stay in the hospital and those about his mother
Scott Kleinpeter
Jan 25, 2013 Scott Kleinpeter rated it it was amazing
As soon as I triumph over something insurmountable, I'm going to recite this from memory (supposing I'm still able to speak coherently).
Mii
Aug 10, 2014 Mii rated it it was amazing
This book is a great read!
Elston Gunn
Nov 18, 2012 Elston Gunn rated it it was amazing
A truly inspiring poem written by a man who had been truly humbled by life at a young age.
Kanika
Jul 28, 2011 Kanika rated it it was amazing
Loved it! THe man Mandela is so inspiring. I would love to learn some of his traits.
Younus TM
Mar 29, 2015 Younus TM rated it it was amazing
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

dedicate it to you Madiba.
Fed
Aug 26, 2013 Fed rated it it was ok
I can appreciate the poetry even though I disagree with its philosophy.
Bipasha{is eviscerated by fiction}
“I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.”


ah.
Flopperstein (Shajeela)
Jul 20, 2012 Flopperstein (Shajeela) marked it as to-read
Can't wait to get my hands on this one!
Mary
Aug 12, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it


A very inspiring story.
Saqib Khan
Jul 11, 2013 Saqib Khan rated it really liked it
Extremely inspiring.
David Kearns
Jul 05, 2012 David Kearns rated it it was amazing
Life in your hands.
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William Ernest Henley was an English poet, critic and editor.
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“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.”
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