Video of “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley

A new video interpretation by Jim Davis of my comics adaptation of William Ernest  Henley’s classic poem “Invictus” (1875). Avis has added a surprise flourish to the final drawing, one that I feel is in keeping with Henley’s theme of thumbing one’s nose at the tyranny of fate, if not perhaps with Victorian propriety.

This comics adaptation, along with 23 others, can be found in my new book, Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry (Plough Publishing): https://www.plough.com/en/topics/culture/poetry/poems-to-see-by  

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2 Responses to Video of “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley

  1. Rebecca B. says:

    Again, a beautiful video adaptation. Every time I see these drawings, I find they bring out so well the force of the words and the bleakness of the despair endured.
    Unfortunately, I find that, as you yourself point out, the last frame does lack “Victorian propriety”. What’s more, I find it shows lack of respect on two fronts: 1) for your work, which did not have this uncouth vibe to begin with, 2) for the actual content of the poem, which is about facing adversity with fortitude, not about trivializing the pain endured with a gross parting gesture.
    Can you imagine Mandela, the epitome of graceful and soft-spoken understated strength, who famously said this poem had kept him going, doing this as he left the prison where he had spent 27 years?

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