One who has a stiff upper lip displays fortitude in the face of adversity, or exercises great self-restraint and discipline in the expression of emotion. In “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley, Henley expresses his "stiff upper lip" through poetry. Not only is “Invictus” powerful, it's ability to still apply to modern life is amazing. Though this Victorian poem was written in the 1800′s, it can still apply to someone’s situation today. Everyone goes through rough times, and this poem is very motivational and promotes grit and perseverance. Anyone who feels like giving up should definitely read or memorize this poem. It expresses that no matter how bad things get, one should never back down and never give up.
In my almost 40 years, like everyone else, I've also gone through some pretty tough times, but I'm still here so I haven't been broken beyond repair just yet. This poem motivates its readers to stay strong and no matter how old this poem becomes, it will always be applicable to someone’s life.
Invictus - William Ernest Henley
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.