In the Ballad of Reading Gaol is the latest and, according to some critics, the greatest poem of

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In the Ballad of Reading Gaol is the latest and, according to some critics, the greatest poem of Oscar Wilde. In this long ballad, the poet Oscar Wilde digests his experiences in the prison. He was sentenced imprisonment because he was convicted for having a homosexual relationship with one of his student. The Ballad of Reading Gaol was written when he got out of the jail. (1898) After he released from the prison, he was overthrown and abased, that influenced him to write the poem. Also, Wilde was inspired by the incident, which is his inmate’s, Charles Thomas Wooldridge’s, execution to write down his last work. Besides, he somehow dedicated this poem to the memory of this guard who was sentenced for killing his wife brutally. Around his…show more content…
The sentences in the fist stanza describe the man’s murder and the second stanza’s lines mention the way to the gallows. Accordingly, every stanza has its own topic to discuss. Thus, the reader assimilates the main themes deeper. There is a strong reciprocal action between the form and the content. As the form is changing, the following content shifts either the tone or persona. For instance, the point of view is changed in the second sestet; it is also the first time that the narrator gives information about himself and introduces the audience to the fellow prisoners. Furthermore, he adds his feelings about prison after this stanza and he also changes the form. This condition provides the relationship between the content and the form. This poem has differences from the general ballad form because it just expresses his behaviors towards the circumstances within the presence of first person. The poem discusses many themes and conveys many ideas about society. The main focus of Wilde is not the thoughts of Wooldridge before his execution, in stead he concentrates on the other prisoners’ feeling about it. “He walked amongst the Trial Men”(the Ballad, 7. line) depicts the story by a third person eye and it promotes the theme of different people which suggests that everyone stands out against the circumstances differently. In the verses “the poor death woman whom he loved,/and murdered in her bed” the audience feel the violence in the

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