William Ernest Henley’s “Invictus” a poem about resistance but about resilience

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The poem below from William Ernest Henley’s “Invictus”  is not a poem about resistance but about resilience. Resilience is an attitude of indifference displayed (a kind of passive resistance) that allows any man not to allow himself to be reached and destabilized by what makes him suffer. Nelson MANDELA was able to endure many years of imprisonment without being too psychologically affected by what he was subjected to.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
 

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of fate
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

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