INVICTUS, Poem by W.E. Henley (2 videos, 3 mins)

Portrait_of_William_Ernest_HenleyThis inspirational short poem by the Victorian poet William Henley (1849-1903) was written in 1875 when he was a young man of 26 after the amputation of one of his legs. While writing it, he was told that his other leg would have to be amputated also. As it happens, this second leg was spared. In spite of these misfortunes, the poet managed to complete and polish his 16-line poem to perfection over the next 13 years. The poem was published in 1888 when he was almost 40. Invictus (meaning ‘Unconquered’ ) is the only poem by which Henley is now remembered. (LD)

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