Sharing a Favourite

I know that, for a lot of us, poetry isn’t just a one-day deal. There are plenty of bloggers here on WordPress that practically breath poetry.

But it is nice to see that the art form is being universally celebrated for at least one day a year.

Yes, today is World Poetry Day.

In light of this occasion, I would like to share with you one of my favourite poems. Invictus by W.E. Henley is the poem I turn to when I doubt myself, when I’m feeling down, or even just for fun! (Yes, just because I like poetry doesn’t mean I’m always sat in a dark corner somewhere feeling sad.)

Do you have a favourite poem? If so, tell me in the comments below.


 Invictus
By W.E. Henley

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.

5 thoughts on “Sharing a Favourite

  1. I have come to love poet Mary Oliver. One of her pieces, Mindful, begins with these favorite lines:
    Everyday
    I see or hear
    something
    that more or less
    kills me
    with delight
    Poets are keen observers of the everyday life and romancers of the ordinary. 🙂

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