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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
Kindle Edition, 199 pages
Published September 17th 2010 by Francesco Libri (first published 1875)
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SO inspiring.

I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.
Sheila Woofter
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.
verrrrrrrryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy gooooooooodddddddddd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Only that poem could inspire a man like Nelson Mandela!
Truly inspiring & motivational!
My favorite poem
"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.

Ayushi Nayak
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
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
Sneh Pradhan
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!
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
Very famous poet and poerty=love at first "read"
Shannon Buckley
So so so meaningful.
Biplav Adhikari
wow motherfucker, beat that!
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.
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
As soon as I triumph over something insurmountable, I'm going to recite this from memory (supposing I'm still able to speak coherently).
This book is a great read!
Elston Gunn
A truly inspiring poem written by a man who had been truly humbled by life at a young age.
Loved it! THe man Mandela is so inspiring. I would love to learn some of his traits.
Younus TM
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

dedicate it to you Madiba.
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.”

Flopperstein (Shajeela)
Jul 20, 2012 Flopperstein (Shajeela) marked it as to-read
Can't wait to get my hands on this one!

A very inspiring story.
Saqib Khan
Extremely inspiring.
David Kearns
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.”
“I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.”
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