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Voices from the Prison: The Ballad of Reading Gaol

Oscar Wilde’s poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, published in 1898 under his cell number C.3.3 depicts his experience of his time in prison with hard labour and separate confinement, however how far did Wilde achieve in gaining a voice with this ballad despite the silence regime? 351 more words


Gobbets of the week!

Here are the top 10 gobbets of London history that caught our eye this week:

1. A handy decision map to London’s museums and galleries. 63 more words


Henry Mayhew & Coffee Cake & Kisses

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo and Copenhagen shootings, I honour Henry Mayhew – creator of the quintessential satirical rag Punch. And I use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to find out what the deal is at the unambiguously monikered  1,071 more words


Victorian Age London Youth

Our discussions have already approached the idea that physical, visible, literal youth does not always match up with mental or spiritual youth. This issue comes up again in a problematic way when we read Mayhew’s recorded accounts from the urban poor in Victorian era London. 88 more words

The Youth of Victorian London

Henry Mayhew’s interviews with London street children reveals a terrible consequence of Industrialization. The factory owners and other members of the upper class have capitalized on the massive influx of people into urban centers by paying them abysmal wages for horrid jobs. 207 more words

The Victorian Age Youth

The Victorian age, preceded by the urban/industrial migration led to an increase in the population of the major cities in the United Kingdom. Although this period heralded an industrial revolution in which there was an improvement in the overall economy of the country, there was a growing disparate distinction between classes of the citizens. 468 more words


Involuntary maturity

What struck me must about our reading today is the lack of choice present in the life of the water-cress girl. When speaking with Mayhew, as he first brings up alternatives to the life she leads, she does not seem to understand. 185 more words