Invictus

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  • This stanza refers to the situation around the poet, which is unfavorable, difficult, not easy circumstances.coming out of the unknown or hard times, or something bad is coming out of the night and consuming the speaker"Black as a pit from pole to pole"- pit infers to hell very satanic like, pole to pole covers all the earth, or covers everyone individually, "I thank whatever gods maybe,"- I will accept the will of nature, I won't devote myself to one god I will see everyone as equal and not commit to hopeless holy wars that are against the nature of any god itself, Indian, Moslem Christian. Jew , black- unknown.
  • In this stanza, the poet further describes that he is in utter pain n suffering, but still he has not lost hope. In spite of all the beatings in form of bad luck and situations resulting in failure, he still has not left hope
  • In this stanza, the poet further describes that he is in utter pain n suffering, but still he has not lost hope. In spite of all the beatings in form of bad luck and situations resulting in failure, he still has not left hope.
  • The poet says that it doesn’t matter how far he has to go to end this suffering, and it doesn’t matter how difficult the road may be, he will see to it that his fate lies in a better place as he, and only he is the one who decides how his soul will be liberated from this world.
  • It compels me to feel pain, hold it close to my heart. Next, it literally forces me to wonder what strengths I may have, and shames me into a quest to find them. No matter what one's religious or philosophical background, there is no question that the choices we make shape our path in life he cannot control much of what comes his way, and some of it must have been horrific, he absolutely could control how he responded to it.He believed that no may what his circumstance he could his spirit and true essence would prevail.this poem means that we control our lives, even though we meet our downfalls, we still control the outcome by how we react or respond to that downfall... "life is simple, we just make it complicated"
  • Invictus

    1. 1. William Ernest Henley<br />
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    3. 3. First Stanza<br />Out of the night that covers me, <br /> black as the Pit from pole to pole, <br />I thank whatever gods may be <br /> for my unconquerable soul. <br />
    4. 4. Second Stanza<br />In the fell clutch of circumstance <br /> I have not winced nor cried aloud. <br />Under the bludgeonings of chance <br /> my head is bloody, but unbowed. <br />
    5. 5. Third Stanza<br />Beyond this place of wrath and tears <br /> Looms but the Horror of the shade, <br />And yet the menace of the years <br /> Finds and shall find me unafraid. <br />
    6. 6. Fourth Stanza<br />It matters not how strait the gate, <br />How charged with punishments the scroll, <br />I am the master of my fate, <br />I am the captain of my soul. <br />
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    8. 8. "Invictus", which is Latin for "Unconquered"<br />Henley began to write poems, including "Invictus” after the amputation of his one leg below the knee, when he was in his twenties.<br />Thus a poem about not giving up, no matter what may come our way.<br />
    9. 9. This poem is a lyric poem.<br />The overall rhyme scheme of the poem is <br />ababcdcdefefghgh.<br />Out of the night that covers me, a<br /> black as the pit from pole to pole, b<br />I thank whatever gods may bea <br /> for my unconquerable soul. b<br />
    10. 10. Vocabulary<br />pole to pole from end to end<br />unconquerable unbeatable<br />fell cut/lethal/savage<br />clutch grasp<br />circumstance condition<br />winced grimaced<br />chance accidental<br />unbowed undefeated <br />
    11. 11. Vocabulary<br />wrath anger<br />looms emerges<br />Horror fear<br />menace threat<br />unafraid fearless<br />strait passage<br />charged emotional<br />scroll document<br />
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    13. 13. Nelson Mandela <br />Nelson Mandela used this poem as an inspiration during the apartheid years to sustain him.<br />
    14. 14. Compare Mandela’s and Henley’s Situations <br />
    15. 15. Read the poem and find allusions to the following themes (quote)<br />
    16. 16. Find equivalents for the following phrases in the poem. <br />
    17. 17. Quote the line which shows that the poem is addressed to anybody in the world, no matter what race or religion they are.<br />_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ <br />
    18. 18. Quote the key lines of the poem.<br />______________________________________________________________________________<br />And interpret them! What is the message conveyed here.<br />____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ <br />
    19. 19. Citation<br />Worksheet prepared by Dominique.<br />To view more of her work log on to: <br /> eslprintables.com<br /> Username: Julianaelle<br />
    20. 20. Answer Key <br />
    21. 21. Compare Mandela’s and Henley’s Situations <br />
    22. 22. Read the poem and find allusions to the following themes (quote)<br />
    23. 23. Find equivalents for the following phrases in the poem. <br />
    24. 24. Quote the line which shows that the poem is addressed to anybody in the world, no matter what race or religion they are.<br />_______________________________________ “ I thank whatever gods may be”<br />
    25. 25. Quote the key lines of the poem.<br />_“ I am the master of my fate<br />I am the captain of my soul”<br />And interpret them! What is the message conveyed here.<br />Nobody can enslave my soul, I am free if I decide to be so.<br />I am the decision-maker.<br />The mind is stronger than the body, it helps you go on when you think you’ve lost all your strength and hopes.<br />

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