Only A Few Poems...

Only a select few poems have I really connected with. I love reading it in general, but alot of poetry for me feels as if it is very disguised to my minds eye. Maybe I come at it from the wrong perspective (of course another explanation could be that I'm not very bright). Alot of song lyrics are like this too. Often the author will respond when asked for an explanation, that it means different things to different people, whatever you get out of it. But at other times I have read a poem which seems very focused and piercing. I like this one: 


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 chance
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.

William Ernest Henley

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3 Responses Apr 17, 2010

I often struggled when I was doing my English degree with the notion that there is a 'right' or 'wrong' way to interpret poetry. I don't really agree. I still maintain that it's really what the reader gets out of it. Of course the author probably intended a certain meaning, but I think it's open to interpretation. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. :)

I often 'get' different things from the same thing at different times depending on my perception at the time. That's part of what I love about all of the arts. Thanks for this post.

Armick, it's a beautiful poem. I feel the same way that you do about poetry. Usually if I have to spend a great deal of time taking it apart to ascertain its meaning then it loses some of its meaning if that makes sense. Lost in translation maybe? I really like Alice Walker's poetry. Her style is simplistic, but beautiful at the same time.