Sunday, October 3, 2010

About those Axioms

I realize that the title of my blog is 'Adriens Axioms' and yet I haven't yet posted any actual axioms (aren't alliterations awesome?) Unfortunately, I don't really know what axioms are. So here's one my favorite poems instead:

Out of the night 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.

It was written by William Ernest Henley in 1875 when he was in a hospital bed after having his foot amputated because of tuberculosis. It is about remaining strong despite incredible adversity. I find the poem to be very inspiring. You may know it from the movie Invictus with Morgan Freeman about Nelson Mandela, who read this poem during his imprisonment on Robben Island.

I have traveled to Robben Island a few years ago. Seeing where Mandela ate, where he slept and where he worked for over 27 years of imprisonment was very impressive.

Here is a clip from the movie where Freeman recites the poem as Matt Damon visits the island:


  1. The first paragraph gave me a pretty good laugh. Nice work.

  2. great poems !

    following & supporting you.

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  4. on another note, my first gaming team of which I still have the shirt - were called axiom =D

  5. Oh I love poems! That really brought out the guys emotions as he lay in hospital. These great poems usually have real emotion in them!
    Mesty =)

  6. Can't say I know what an axiom is either.

  7. I'm looking forward to your next post!

  8. Overall good poem. Sucks for William though.

  9. tubercolosis does this to people? glad its mostly ridden of in the western world.

  10. Nice poem as you said, Very inspiring

  11. Form a moment i was like oh axioms are poems. Then I read the next sentence and was just... wow lol. Nice poems XD

  12. Nice poem props for actually reading poetry

  13. thats a good one, i really like it

  14. great job dude, keep up the work

  15. great job dude, keep up the work

  16. Searching for "axioms" on wikipedia as we speak.

  17. lol @ first paragraph.
    good poems by the way

  18. Lol. Keep up the good work, and maybe find some actual axioms!

  19. I know it's been said already, but nice poem :O

  20. good thing I visited your blog today!

  21. It's good to see that you're beating inertia today :)