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Poem Essay on Important Theme in "Invictus" by William Ernest Henly

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In the poem “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley, a key message is never give up. It is an important message because everybody has bad things that happen to them throughout their life.
“Invictus” was written when Henley was young and suffering. It is a famous poem which has been used by speakers to inspire people for generations.
The key message I have chosen from the poem is never give up. This means that no matter how hard life gets, you have the power to overcome all odds and the choice to keep on going. In the first stanza, the technique of simile is used: “Black as the pit from pole to pole”. This shows the key message never give up because it represents the extreme of all bad things. This shows the key message because the next line in the first stanza goes on to say, “I thank whatever gods may be for my unconquerable soul”. The key word here is “unconquerable”. It shows that no matter how bad things get, you are still the captain of your soul, and have the tenacity to carry on. The blackness of the pit is describing the metaphor used in the first line of the stanza; the night. The night describes the gloom of the situation and unknown insecurities of the future. The connection is, that it describes that night as dark as the pit from two ends of the Earth; if you dug a straight tunnel from one end of the earth to the other. It is about the immense proportion and infinite length and therefore the extreme darkness of the pit, if you can, imagine- darker than total blackness, and darker yet.
In the second stanza the speaker uses the technique juxtaposition. “My head is bloody but unbowed”. It places in contrast two perspective states of the speaker’s head- bloody, and, unbowed. This shows the message of perseverance because it is about the mental endurance and stamina to look forward regardless of your physical situation. It shows us that the challenges we face are messy and gruesome like the bloody head, but we must be optimistic and resilient like the...

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