In recent times Invictus has been in the news, after the film of the same name, about Nelson Mandela. This poem is what sustained him through twenty seven years in jail. Penned by Victorian poet William Ernest Henley, who at the age of 12, contracted tuberculosis of the bone. A few years later, the disease progressed to his foot, and physicians announced that the only way to save his life was to amputate directly below the knee. It was his subsequent stoicism that inspired him to write this poem. And prevail. (partly from wikipedia)
This 'blackletter' typographic interpretation by Brazilian Jackson Alves matches the 'strong' tone of Henley's voice. Read about his thinking after the 'Copy' section below.
Available in 4 sizes.
A0 size measures 84.1 x 118.4cm, 33.11 x 46.61 inches.
A1 size measures 59.4 x 84.1cm, 23.39 x 33.11 inches.
A2 size measures 42.0 x 59.4cm, 16.53 x 23.39 inches.
A3 size measures 29.7 x 42.0cm, 11.69 x 16.53 inches.
Printed on wonderfully textured artists canvas, and fine stock 350 gsm Rives paper, using high calibre non-fading ink, and Giclee style inkjet print process. Individually. For a stunning work of art.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
Jackson on his piece:
I decided to create this poster using blackletter because the 'strength' of this calligraphy style communicates the tonal 'strength' of the poem.
Jackson on Jackson:
Jackson Alves is a type designer, illustrator and teacher based in Curitiba, south of Brazil.