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.

by William Ernest Henley

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I really enjoyed this wonderful write
Fantastic, , , , , I like it very much
He seems to believe in unconquerable free will. So be it. A heartening poem when darkness looms large all around us. Who am I to rate this? But, yet if I get a few points, why not? William Ernest Henley - here is tenner from my wallet, which is all that a poor man like me can hope to spare.
@BRANT KOHICK - I just don't think you understand the message he's trying to convey in this poem... First of all I just cant see how all those things you mentioned are relevant to this poem? I mean who is talking about creation in the first place? He actually thanks God for his ''unconquerable soul''.. But the main idea behind this poem is to encourage&inspire the reader by explaining that one can have control over their lives by being strong when facing problems/obstacles and overcoming those challenges in life without turning bitter, weak, and hopeless... Regardless of how hard life might get, he is not giving up - - ](''my head is bloody but unbowed'') by this he isn't at all rebelling against God... It just simply means, that he will stay strong P.S. I believe in God too, of course this (our universe) did not just happen by chance it would be impossible... You do not need to actually see God himself to be convinced of his existence, all you need to do is look out your window... Look at a tree or smt...concentrate on your heartbeat...Everything is a proof that God is The Lord!
The poem reminds me of Nelson Mandela's story. It's exquisite, powerful, highly inspirational, a master piece...
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