Invictus | Study Guide

William Ernest Henley

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Overview

Author

William Ernest Henley

Year Published

1888

Type

Poem

Genre

Drama

Perspective and Narrator

"Invictus" is told by a limited first-person speaker who recites the poem to himself as an internal monologue.

Tense

"Invictus" uses present tense throughout to show that the speaker is talking to himself.

About the Title

The title "Invictus" is a Latin word that means "undefeated." The title refers to the narrator overcoming an immense struggle. William Ernest Henley's struggle was a decades-long battle with tuberculosis, a bacterial infection that led to the amputation of his right leg when he was a teenager, and his early death.

Summary

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