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The Ballad of Reading Gaol | Study Guide

Oscar Wilde

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Overview

Author

Oscar Wilde

Year Published

1898

Type

Poem

Genre

Tragedy

Perspective and Narrator

"The Ballad of Reading Gaol" is told from the first-person perspective of a speaker who shares his subjective point of view on the execution of a fellow prisoner.

Tense

"The Ballad of Reading Gaol" is written in the past tense.

About the Title

Reading Gaol was a prison in Reading, Berkshire, England, and was later known as HM Prison Reading. Oscar Wilde spent two years in this prison. He chronicles the execution of a fellow prisoner named Charles Wooldridge (d. 1896) in "The Ballad of Reading Gaol."

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