This powerfully written poem by William Ernest Henley really leaves you gasping for breath with every sentence. The classic poem is a rebellion piece, which basically states whatever you do to me, I will not fall, you cannot end me, I must lose faith for you to end me. This poem really speaks to me in that as long as you don't give in, no matter what people do to you. You are the master of everything. If you still have hope, you still have everything. In my eyes, if you do not have hope, there is no reason to live, but with hope there is the whole world. Anything you can see,hear or even smell is possible. Everything is possible.With my previous knowledge and things I found out from In the poem I found that it was referencing someone with black skin. This poem was very important for Nelson Mandela and pretty much the whole country of South Africa. The apartheid that went on in South Africa was brutal, but no matter what the circumstances were, if they had hope they had a reason to live. Nelson Mandela told them that violence was not the answer and he was right. I would say that this is most likely one of the most popular poems of our time and for good reason. This poem is in so many forms of media and life in our world. If you remember one thing from this, remember that nothing is lost until hope is lost and once hope is lost, everything is lost.