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Invictus = "Invincible"

WhiteDove Studio kj gordon

Gordon Island, United States

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……………….~reintroduction~…………………..

He makana nau……….~a gift for you~
Dedicated to the People of South Africa……..
An awe came over me …………!
After seeing the movie Invictus
I feel your PRIDE

In the 2009 movie Invictus, produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, the poem is referenced several times. It becomes the central inspirational gift from Mandela, played by Morgan Freeman, to Springbok rugby team captain François Pienaar, played by Matt Damon, in advance of the post-apartheid Rugby World Cup hosted in 1995 by South Africa and won by the underdog Springboks.

“Invictus” is a short Victorian poem by the English poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903).

~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.~

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13″×21″

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