Study Guide

The Prisoner of Chillon: A Fable Stanza 12

By George Gordon, Lord Byron

Stanza 12

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.