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
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