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Self-Discovery In William Ernest Henley's Poem 'Invictus'

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This idea is explored through William Ernest Henley’s stanzaic poem, ‘Invictus’, which recounts the various hardships he has faced and the way that he has triumphed. It is through this personal recount that the notion that self-discovery can only be undertaken by the individual though can be prompted by others is uncovered.
Regardless of what life throws our way, Henley expresses through the metaphor of the personal burden he has endured in the line “out of the night that covers me / Black as the pit from pole to pole” that nothing can get in our way. The imagery of darkness used throughout the first stanza emphasizes this as it is distinguished as a gloomy problem with no way out of it, but irrespective of being in this hopeless mindset,
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