William Ernest Henley Poems

William Ernest Henley was a British critic, editor, and poet who lived in Victorian England. He is best remembered for his poem ‘Invictus’ published 1875. He died in 1903 at the age of 53.

I am the Reaper

by William Ernest Henley

‘I am the Reaper’ is a poem describing the intertwined nature of life and death and how one cannot exist without the other to balance it.


by William Ernest Henley

‘Invictus’ is W.E. Henley’s most famous and inspirational poem, that resonates with people worldwide. He wrote the poem in 1875 and dedicated it Scottish flour merchant named Robert Thomas Hamilton Bruce.

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