Eaton Bank Academy

National Poetry Day


On the 28th September it was National Poetry Day across the world so the English Department held a Blackout Poetry event within English lessons on and around this day. Blackout poetry is a form of found poetry which allows poets to use existing words to create personal and poignant poems. This year’s theme was freedom. After studying Henley’s Invictus, students produced some truly inspiring work. Although some student’s combined both artistic ability with poetic ideas: the strength of the words chosen was really the focus of the task. Here is a selection of inspiring work.

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.

William Ernest Henley