William Ernest Henley (1849-1903) was an English poet who’s main claim to fame is writing this beautiful poem. Henley was diagnosed with tuberculosis and had one of his legs amputated when he was 17. In spite of this disability, Henley went on to live an active and successful life and used his experience to write Invictus when he was 26.
- This poem was introduced to me by a friend who cherishes it so much she has the word ‘Invictus’ tattooed on her shoulder.
- I know it would have been more inspiring if the boy DIDN’T fight back. If he used non-violence instead of more violence … but I’ve watched way too many samurai and kung-fu revenge movies for there not to be a final showdown at the end.
- The main bully was inspired by the mutant leader from The Dark Knight Returns.