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The Ballad Of Reading Gaol

Rating: 4.1
(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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He did not wear his scarlet coat,
For blood and wine are red,
And blood and wine were on his hands
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L Milton Hankins 20 September 2020
An incredibly complex and moving ballad. Take the time to read it. It is among the best of Oscar Wilde, who lived the experience he wrote about in Reading Gaol.
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Michael Walker 27 July 2019
A ballad which is probably too long, but it does focus on a life-or-death situation, in which the unfortunate prisoner is hanged. Capital punishment is cruel. 'In Reading gaol by Reading town/ There is a pit of shame'.
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BSWFC 17 May 2019
How and why does every man kill the thing he loves? What is Wilde getting at?
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Cleveland Gibson 28 May 2018
A wonderful ballad to read. And it's a shame if you do't.
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Sylvaonyema Uba 23 May 2018
For blood and wine are red. A beautiful long ballad. SYLVA-ONYEMA UBA
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Michael Walker 17 May 2016
A beautiful ballad-long, possibly too long. Wilde was in prison for a while, and he writes of a fellow prisoner who is condemned to death by hanging. This wretch is on Death Row. His friend has love and compassion for him. 'Yet each man kills the thing he loves, ' So true. M. Walker.
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Michelle Claus 27 January 2015
The musicality of this composition carried my reading of it through to the end. I enjoyed it, both for its high-caliber writing quality and its narrative. I'll remember this poem.
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Michelle Claus 27 January 2015
The musicality of this composition carried my reading of it through to the end. I enjoyed it, both for its high-caliber writing quality and its narrative. I'll remember this poem.
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Godfrey Morris 27 January 2015
This was powerfully written at least the part that I read. Hopefully I will read the entire thing one day. Thanks Oscar Wilde r.I.p
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John Richter 27 January 2015
Painfully long ballad. Someday I'll finish it for surely it is absolutely masterful - (that which I could get through today)
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