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The Prisoner of Chillon: A Fable

The Prisoner of Chillon: A Fable

by George Gordon, Lord Byron

Stanza 12 Summary

Get out the microscope, because we’re going through this poem line-by-line.

Lines 318-331

  • The speaker makes himself a little step in the wall, but it's not to escape.
  • After all, everyone the world that he ever loved is dead, so what's the purpose in trying to escape?
  • The whole world would just be a bigger prison for him if he ever gained his freedom.
  • He's actually glad that he has no family in the world, because thinking of them would have driven him crazy.
  • He just made himself the step so that he can climb up and look through the bars in the window to see the mountains in the distance.

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