Monday, 26 April 2010

William Ernest Henley

The last post in my blog (I am the master of my fate: i am the captain of my soul) was originally written by English poet William Ernest Henley. He published the poem better known as Invictus in 1888.

At the age of 12, Henley became a victim of 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 knee. It was amputated at the age of 25. In 1867, he successfully passed the Oxford local examination as a senior student. In 1875, he wrote the "Invictus" poem from a hospital bed. Despite his disability, he survived with one foot intact and led an active life until his death at the age of 53. (Source: Wikipedia)

Sunday, 25 April 2010

I am the Master Of my Fate; I am the Captain of my Soul

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.
(A Poem by William Ernest Henley)

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Saturday, 17 April 2010