Invictus Summary & Analysis by William Ernest Henley

William ernest henley invictus.small

"Invictus" was written by William Ernest Henley in 1875, while he underwent medical treatment for tuberculosis of the bone. Originally the fourth part of a longer sequence published in Henley's collection In Hospital, this 16-line section has taken on a life of its own. The unwavering resilience it summons in the face of adversity has led to its enduring popularity and use in a variety of contexts. The poem's uncertain relationship with religion and its insistence on individual strength also ties it to issues facing England in the late 19th century.

Logo books and text transparent a plus
William ernest henley invictus.large Get the entire guide to “Invictus” as a printable PDF. Download it!