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Hand-crafted from start to finish, this brass block pendant features the Latin word INVICTUS which means "unconquerable" or "undefeated."
This pendant was directly inspired by customer suggestions and by the poem of the same title written by William Ernest Henley in 1875.
Invictus by 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.
The poem was published in his first volume of poems, "Book of Verses," in 1888 and was fittingly included in the "Life and Death" section of the book. Many people find the poem to be inspirational, as it depict's the poet's own struggle to find hope amidst a discouraging and painful ordeal. In addition to the nautical elements of Henley's poem, we feel that the phrase "unconquered" and the theme of bravery and resilience in the face of life's hardships aligns well with the mentality we want to encourage. Per Henley's indication, remaining undefeated and continuing to fight for existence and progress can absolutely be a matter of life and death. Each person is in charge of their course through life and how they choose to travel it, so choose to remain determined, defiant, and unconquered by trials and tribulations.
The pendant’s pleasant weight against your chest will provide a constant nudge to live out this ideal.
Clean and simple. The length is great. Nuff said
Love my Invictus necklace
I love this necklace. The past few years have been personally a bit difficult and Invictus by William Ernest Henley has always been my favorite poem. This is a nice, in-the-moment reminder that you are never conquered unless you allow yourself to be.
It matters not how straight the gate
I love the “Invictus” necklace, and am so enamored with the poem that I’m committing it to memory. I’ve worn “Invictus” every day since it arrived only removing it at bedtime. After several weeks of wear, I’ve noticed it leaves a patina on my neck. But that washes off in the shower. “I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul.”