The Ballad of Reading Gaol (Jail) is a poem by Oscar Wilde first published in February 1898 under the name C.3.3. which stands for block C, landing 3, cell 3. Wilde was incarcerated and spent time in Reading after being convicted of homosexual offences in 1895 and sentenced to two years hard labour in prison.
The poem narrates the execution of C. T. W. - Charles Thomas Wooldridge, a trooper of the Royal House of guards convicted of cutting the throat of his wife.
It starts as an objective story-telling perspective
He did not wear his scarlet coat,
For blood and wine are red,
And blood and wine were red on his hands
When they found him with the dead,
The poor dead woman whom he loved,
And murdered in her bed.