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A b s t r a c t. This study focuses on two prison poems: "The Prisoner of Chillon" by G.G. Byron and "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" by O. Wilde. It highlights the ordeal of the inmates with the emphasis on the change in their perception of the prison space. Based on M.-L. Ryan's definition of story space, it is argued that the changing perception of space in the poems reflects the spiritual transformation the protagonists undergo. The experience of confinement leads, in the case of Byron'sdoi:10.18290/rh.2018.66.11-9 fatcat:nqrgtocqdrdw7ay6nrzbpclewm