Dungeon

A dungeon is a room or cell in which prisoners are held, especially underground. Dungeons are generally associated with medieval castles, though their association with torture probably belongs more to the Renaissance period. An oubliette is a form of dungeon which is accessible only from a hatch in a high ceiling.

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    O who shall from this dungeon raise
    A soul enslaved so many ways?
    With bolts of bones, that fettered stands
    In feet; and manacled in hands:
    Here blinded with an eye; and there
    Deaf with the drumming of an ear;
    A soul hung up, as ‘twere, in chains
    Of nerves, and arteries, and veins;
    Andrew Marvell (1621–1678)

    A Dungeon horrible, on all sides round
    As one great Furnace flam’d, yet from those flames
    No light, but rather darkness visible
    Serv’d only to discover sights of woe,
    Regions of sorrow, doleful shades, where peace
    And rest can never dwell, hope never comes
    That comes to all; but torture without end
    John Milton (1608–1674)

    I am apt to think, if we knew what it was to be an angel for one hour, we should return to this world, though it were to sit on the brightest throne in it, with vastly more loathing and reluctance than we would now descend into a loathsome dungeon or sepulchre.
    George Berkeley (1685–1753)