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The Ballad of Reading Gaol

by Oscar Wilde

This poem is mainly based on an execution that took place while he was in the prison. Making it the center of theme, Wild goes on to expose the dire conditions of prison life, the despair of its inmates, the degradation, and the shame that he personally felt at being imprisoned. The sincere and passionate expression with which he says it all is heartbreaking. I read the whole poem with blurry eyes and a quivering voice .

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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, the early 1890s saw him become...

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