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Invictus by William Ernest Henley - Poetry Reading

Invictus - A poem by William Ernest Henley."Invictus" is a short Victorian poem. The poem was first published in 1875 in a book called "Book of Verses", where it was number four in several poems called Life and Death (Echoes). At the beginning it bore no title. Early printings contained only the dedication To R. T. H. B.—a reference to Robert Thomas Hamilton Bruce (1846--1899), a successful Scottish flour merchant and baker who was also a literary patron. The title "Invictus" (Latin for "unconquered") was added by editor Arthur Quiller-Couch when the poem was included in The Oxford Book of English Verse. William Ernest Henley is known to most people by virtue of this single poem. About the poet -- William Ernest Henley (1849 -- 1903) was an English poet, critic and editor. Henley was born in Gloucester, England. Henley had an editor's gift of discerning talent. Arguably his best-remembered work is the poem "Invictus", written in 1875. It is said that this was written as a demonstration of his resilience following the amputation of his foot due to tubercular infection. For more videos log onto Also find us on Facebook at & Stay Tuned -
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