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The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde

The Ballad of Reading Gaol (original 1898; edition 1998)

by Oscar Wilde, Garrick Palmer

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Title:The Ballad of Reading Gaol
Authors:Oscar Wilde
Other authors:Garrick Palmer
Info:Trafalgar Square Pub (1998), Hardcover, 37 pages
Collections:Your library, Books Read 2013
Tags:poetry, irish, prison

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The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde (1898)



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It was really, really good though. Five stars good. I almost cried. I don't have a whole lot else to say about it. Apparently Reading was specifically designed to implement the separate system, so I expect Wilde probably experienced it.

Bosie's testimony is what sent him to Reading in the first place, so... the obvious interpretation is a combination of that, and maybe whatever was wrong with their relationship in the other direction that led Bosie to do that. It's possible that being in Reading under those circumstances and witnessing an execution like the one described in the poem (which he did, the poem was inspired by an execution that happened while he was there), could have combined by resonating so strongly with each other to make him feel that he was seeing a great universal truth of some kind. ( )
1 vote jhudsui | Sep 1, 2012 |
The pain of the author is almost too much to bear - even more so given who is suffering and why he is suffering. The injustice defies belief. ( )
1 vote millsge | Feb 19, 2010 |
One of my favorite things written, ever. ( )
  karav | Nov 20, 2009 |
Martins Deutscheablesungsprojekt faengt leicht und langsam an mit Osar Wildes "Ballade vom Zuchthaus zu Reading" (auch verdeutscht als "Ballad von Reading Gaol"). Ich mag die Sachlichkeit dieser Dichtung sehr, und Wildes abermalige Rueckkehrung nach Themen wie Schicksal und sein grimme Unausweichlichkeit. Die Feigling mordet mit ein wort, der Tapfrer mit ein--wie sagt Wilde?--allerdings, eine Schneide. ( )
  MeditationesMartini | Nov 19, 2009 |
Nicely illustrated edition.
  jon1lambert | Oct 4, 2008 |
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In memoriam C. T. W. Sometime Trooper of the Royal Horse Guards. Obiit H. M. Prison, Reading, Berkshire, July 7, 1896.
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Vile deeds like poison weeds bloom well in prison air, it is only what is good in man, that wastes and withers there.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0486270726, Paperback)

Twenty-four important works, focusing on Wilde's poetic legacy, offer important clues to themes and subjects that preoccupied this gifted writer in other works. Includes The Ballad of Reading Gaol, a powerful indictment of the degradation and inhumanity of prison life; "The Sphinx," "The Grave of Keats," "The Harlot's House," and 20 others.

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