The poem deals with an actual event that occurred at Reading Gaol
: the execution of a soldier, Charles Thomas Woolridge
, for wife murder. The narrator presents himself as one of the band of...
After time in two other institutions, OW
served the bulk of his sentence in Reading Gaol in Berkshire. During this time he was declared bankrupt, and first his mother
, then his wife Constance
's significance as poet, playwright, and writer of prose fiction, remained in eclipse for many years after his notorious trial and imprisonment in Reading Gaol
, events whose chilling impact on poetry and prose...