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While browsing this forum on Quora for inspiration, I came across this comic for the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley.  This poem is pretty well-known, easy to read and understand.  While I don’t think the comic form is necessary for understanding, I wonder if it doesn’t add something entertaining or appealing to those wary of poetry.

Here’s the comic:

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So, I was excited enough by the idea of poetry + comics, but little did I know the excitement awaiting me at zenpencils.com!  Not only are there a variety of inspirational comics related to prose, quotes, and poems… they are actually also (at least sometimes) serial comics!  So, extra exciting is the fact that this poem/story/comic is followed up with one of my absolute FAVORITE poems– O Me! O Life! by Walt Whitman.

What do you think?  Is this engaging?  As a poetry lover, does this feel like it somehow diminishes the poetry?  Or, when done well in this way, can it actually enhance the experience?

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