The Prisoner of Chillon: A Fable
The Prisoner of Chillon: A Fable Freedom and Confinement Quotes
How we cite our quotes: I cite by line number only in this module.
And mine has been the fate of those
To whom the goodly earth and air
Are bann'd, and barr'd—forbidden fare: (lines 8-10)
The speaker makes his situation a universal one – he has shared the same "fate" as many others who have been imprisoned.
There are seven columns, massy and grey,
Dim with a dull imprison'd ray, (lines 29-30)
In the dungeon, even the stray "ray" of light that has made its way in through a crack in the wall seems "dull" and "imprison'd."
That iron is a cankering thing,
For in these limbs its teeth remain (lines 38-39)
The chains that bind the prisoner seem to leave lasting, festering marks on him that never heal. Is he talking about literal wounds, or psychological wounds?