He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of about 38 plays, sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Shakespeare was born and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon.
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.
In August he chose instead to travel to Edinburgh to enlist the services of the distinguished English surgeon Joseph Lister: A memorable evocation of Victorian stoicism—the " stiff upper lip " of self-discipline and fortitude in adversity, which popular culture rendered into a British character trait—"Invictus" remains a cultural touchstone.
Historical uses[ edit ] In a speech to the House of Commons on 9 SeptemberWinston Churchill paraphrased the last two lines of the poem, stating "We are still masters of our fate.
We still are captains of our souls. James Stockdale recalls being passed the last stanza, written with rat droppings on toilet paper, from fellow prisoner David Hatcher.
I must be the captain of my soul and the master of my fate. But thank you for your offer. In the film CasablancaCaptain Renault, an official played by Claude Rainsrecites the last two lines of the poem when talking to Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogartreferring to his power in Casablanca.
After delivering this line, he is called away by an aide to Gestapo officer Major Strasser. Roosevelt, played by Ralph Bellamy. The Invictus Games ; an international Paralympic-style multi-sport event created by Prince Harry in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans take part in sport, has featured the poem in its promotions.
Prior to the inaugural games in London inentertainers including Daniel Craig and Tom Hardyand athletes including Louis Smith and Iwan Thomasread the poem in a promotional video. I am the captain of my soul" are shown in a picture during the 25th minute of the film The Big Short.
The lyrics are changed from "I" to "we," alluding to a relationship. The poem was recited in an early commercial for the Microsoft Xbox One. The episode ends with Lucas reading the whole poem over a series of images that link the various characters to the themes of the poem.Rudyard Kipling was an English poet who lived from He also wrote many children's stories.
The poem's line, If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same, is written on the wall of the players' entrance at Wimbledon. Provincetown Players: Provincetown Players,, theatrical organization that began performing in in Provincetown, Mass., U.S., founded by a nontheatre group of writers and artists whose common aim was the production of new and experimental plays.
Among the original Provincetowners who staged the first plays in. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Battle (blank);” replace the blank with a word or phrase; make the new phrase the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Crispus Attucks was the first to fall in the celebrated "Boston Massacre" of Four other Americans died that night from the action.
Samuel Adams used the incident to incite the colonists to further rebellion. "If—" is a poem by English Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling, written circa as a tribute to Leander Starr Jameson. It is a literary example of Victorian-era stoicism. The poem, first published in Rewards and Fairies (), is written in the form of paternal advice to the poet's son, John.
Rudyard Kipling was an English poet who lived from He also wrote many children's stories. The poem's line, If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same, is written on the wall of the players.