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)

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