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By: William Ernest Henley
"Black as the pit from pole to pole"
The author uses a simile to compare night to the Pit
The "Pit" represents Tartarus, the jail for evil immortals
"From pole to pole" represents the poles of the prison pit
Since Tartarus is dark, there is no light, so it is dark as night
Repetition used to make statement stronger
"I AM THE MASTER OF MY FATE"
"I AM THE CAPTAIN OF MY SOUL"
This makes the reader know the emphasis on his words
He is the MASTER and CAPTAIN of his fate and soul
The repetition of the words I AM THE makes the emphasis be known
End Rhyme used to make poem "go with the flow"
Stanza 1: me, be; pole, soul
Stanza 2: circumstance, chance; aloud, unbowed
Hyperbole used to emphasize a point
"FOR MY UNCONQUERABLE SOUL"
Stuck in Customs
Personification used to give objects human abilities
"OUT OF THE NIGHT THAT COVERS ME"
rESTATING EACH STANZA
Personification and hyperbole are used to indicate his soul
It is black as the darkness in Tartarus with its enormous poles
It covers him and he thanks the gods for his strong soul
The author does not cower from circumstance
The author states that he was harmed by fate
Despite this, he remains defiant and courageous
The "Horrid place" represents the painful life he lives now
The "Horror of the shade" represents death
The author is not afraid of death, nor the pains in life
When talking about the "strait gate", it could refer to heaven
To the author, it doesn't matter how many punishments he recieves
To him, he is the master of his fate and soul
He is his own god, master and captain of anything and everything he is
The author is strong, brave and courageous
He is afraid of nothing, not even fate or death
He will not obey anything that is not his will
Nothing can stop him due to his inner strength
He is his own master
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