© 2015 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Prisoner of Chillon: A Fable

The Prisoner of Chillon: A Fable

  

by George Gordon, Lord Byron

 Table of Contents

The Prisoner of Chillon: A Fable Freedom and Confinement Quotes

How we cite our quotes: I cite by line number only in this module.

Quote #1

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.

Quote #2

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."

Quote #3

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?

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement