Sunday, 10 January 2010

Poetry corner

Proof that Gordon Brown cannot do anything right. Brown, fresh from surviving the Hoon-Hewitt assassination attempt, tells us that the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley is his inspiration.

"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".

Who else was inspired by that poem? Not just Nelson Mandela, it transpires.

Psychopath Timothy McVeigh, who chose it as his final statement before he was executed in 2001 after killing 168 people in Oklahoma.

You'd have thought Downing Street might have thought this one through a little bit better, rather than choosing the convicted terrorist's poem of choice.

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