The Ballad of Reading Gaol, and Other Poems

Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780141192673

The Ballad of Reading Gaol, and Other Poems

The Ballad of Reading Gaol, and Other Poems

Author: Oscar Wilde
Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780141192673

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  • This poem - originally published anonymously, written after Wilde's two year's hard labour in Reading prison - is the tale of a man who has been sentenced to hang for the murder of the woman he loved. The Ballad of Reading Gaol follows the inmate through his final three weeks, as he stares at the sky and silently drinks his beer ration. Heart-wrenching and eye-opening, the ballad also expresses perfectly Wilde's belief that humanity is made up only of offenders, each of us deserving a greater charity for the severity of our crimes.

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