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The Prisoner of Chillon: A Fable

The Prisoner of Chillon: A Fable


by George Gordon, Lord Byron

Stanza 9 Summary

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

Lines 231-238

  • The speaker's not sure what happened next – everything went dark, and he lost all feeling.
  • He's like a "stone" in the stony dungeon.
  • He's as unconscious of what's going on around him as a shrub on a mountainside.

Lines 239-250

  • In the speaker's mind, it's neither night nor day – he's not in his dungeon anymore, but in some vacuum of empty space.
  • He's lost in an overwhelming sense of nothingness – or, it would be overwhelming if he could feel anything, which he can't.
  • Basically, his grief and shock have thrown him into a state of depressed torpor.

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