The second line reinforces the first - the black pit suggesting that this was a deep depression, a spiritual darkness covering the whole world, the world being that of the speaker. Henley, who had suffered from tuberculosis from an early age, had his left leg amputated below the knee while still a teenager,. The day before the final, the team take their usual morning run and find themselves followed by South Africans of all colors, ages and backgrounds. In this particular scenario, night which is represented by the black color symbolizes the physical ailment and the difficulties in life being experienced by the author. If you are willing to take the credit for the postive results of your actions, you must be equally prepared to take the blame for the negative. I first heard this poem recited by my older brother. Posted on 2010-06-27 by a guest.
These lines can also be used in speeches and lectures when sharing a traumatized past and the stories of overcoming them. Mandela ignores them and invites team captain Pienaar to tea. But he says that sisyphus can control his attitude and accept the fact that his fate is sealed. 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. Second Stanza There is an interesting start to this second quatrain - fell clutch is delicious wording for the reader's tongue and basically means cruel grasp, the speaker stating clearly that despite being tightly held, in an awful situation, they didn't once give in or show signs of weakness.
Posted on 2010-02-07 by a guest. The Springboks shock everyone by beating Australia's Wallabies in the first round. Herbie Smith Polokwane South Africa 11 Dec 2013. When he talked about his head not being unbowed, he was talking about that even though it was taking over his life, he would not let it ruin him completely. But shortly after, this writer lost her five year old daughter, and was overwhelmed with grief. Posted on 2010-05-10 by a guest. 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.
The game is close; each time New Zealand score, the Springboks have to catch up, and the game ends in their favor, 15-12. Jonathan Edwards has the answer, just follow the links below. However, he knows that the best means of combating these situations is strong will. According to the authors beliefs he concludes that no matter how a person lives his life, good or bad, a man is his own god and can manage his own destiny without any need of instruction from a Creator. In Poetry, whether its sadness or happiness, they are the nature of the authors soul and body. They root against their own team and support England instead. Everyone around him is full of tears, but he is still unafraid, even though he described it as horror.
Instead, he still lives a productive and worthy life and in fact, reaps a successful career as a poet and literary editor all throughout his years. Posted on 2011-07-31 by a guest. The story begins on the morning of the 1995 Rugby World Cup championship game. While I think the truth mendela finds in henley's poem is comforting and powerful, I do think it is not accurate and for mendela's circumstance of his time in prison. Sixty two thousand fans turn up to watch the game.
In Henley's own life, his trial was facing tuberculosis as a young man; an infection caused him to lose one leg below the knee. It was written in 1888 in his first volume of poems, Book of Verses. Take what good about it or leave it the choice is yours! Posted on 2010-04-02 by a guest. After reading the poem over and over again I got a sense that the poem is talking about some kind of battle he is facing. As McVeigh hatred for the government grew so did the outcome of his actions. With the writer talking about thanking the gods, it shows that the poet is religious and believes in God. The national rugby team coach tells his players that the country has gone to the dogs.
He managed to save his right leg by refusing surgery and seeking an alternative form of treatment from a Scottish doctor, James Lister. Fate is what happens as the reaction or effect due to ones actions of the past. Indisputable Reform from the abstract to the concrete Medicinal Background Little training, undisciplined, illiterate Apprenticeship rather than schools Non-exclusive doctors, usually a barber No germ theory-surgery was often fatal Antiquity based practices weakened patients The effects of the Victorian Era Henley's realism in contrast to romanticized works Focus on Concrete works on a single topic Unpredictability of life vs. Henley has had tuberculosis ever since he was young, and has feared of the death that may come from it. Camus compares our lives as humans to the mythical character sisyphus who has to eternally push a rock up a hill. Nobody knows what he really was saying by the last two verses. Until I memorized it and could say the words aloud, I did not grasp their power.
Even when he is found passed out, and is recovering, his schedule is left open so that he can watch the rugby. I think by master of fate and captian soul he is simply refering to having control over his additude. Under the bludgeonings of chance. While I do not agree with all the views of the poet, it certainly is true that, in all that is around me, I only have control over my own thoughts, attitudes and actions. His days go by, as if carried away by a tsunami, the pace of which he has no power to even slow down.