Invictus was penned by Victorian poet William Ernest Henley, who at the age of 12, contracted tuberculosis of the bone. A few years later, as the disease progressed to his foot, physicians decided the only way to save his life was to amputate his leg. His subsequent stoicism inspired him to write this poem. And prevail. (partly from wikipedia)
This 'strong' typographic interpretation by Mumbaikar Jayesh Raut does justice to the words and tone of Henley's piece. 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, using high calibre non-fading ink, and Giclee style inkjet print process. Individually. For a stunning work of art.
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.
Jayesh on his creation:
My ‘Invictus’ poster is inspired by two seemingly similar, yet distinct design styles – Ottoman Calligraphy and Calligram. While the text is laid out in Ottoman styled calligraphy, the layout is designed as per Calligram aesthetics. The merging of these two styles help recreate and relive the artistic legacy of the now defunct, Ottoman Empire.
Jayesh on Jayesh:
Jayesh is a design consultant with one of India’s leading ad agencies. The only thing he loves more than good design, is good food.