The Works of Lord Byron: With an Introduction and Bibliography

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Wordsworth Editions, 1994 - Poetry - 816 pages

With an Introduction, Bibliography and Glossary by Dr Paul Wright, Trinity College, Carmarthen.

'I mean to show things really as they are, not as they ought to be'. wrote Byron (1788-1824) in his comic masterpiece Don Juan, which follows the adventures of the hero across the Europe and near East which Byron knew so well, touching on the major political, cultural and social concerns of the day.

This selection includes all of that poem, and selections from Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, and the satirical poems 'English Bards and Scotch Reviewers' and 'A Vision of Judgement'. Paul Wright's detailed introductions place Byron's colourful life and work within their broader social and political contexts, and demonstrate that Byron both fostered and critiqued the notorious 'Byronic myth' of heroic adventure, political action and sexual scandal.

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DEEPLY MOVING, MESMERIC YET SIMPLE
SUBLIME LORD BYRON AT HIS VINTAGE BEST
"READ A POETRY,STRADDLE WITH ITS MUSICAL ARTISTIC NOTES,
AND LET IT ROLL IN YOUR BRAIN's OCEAN"
---AJ 

Contents

A SERIES
1
PAGE
2
PROMETHEUS
6
LINES ADDRESSED TO A YOUNG LADY
14
TRANSLATION FROM THE MEDEA
24
ANSWER TO SOME ELEGANT VERBES
30
ANSWER TO A BEAUTIFUL POEM
37
2
46
EPITAPH FOR WILLIAN PITT
152
STANZAS WHEN A MAN HATH
165
3
178
A FRAGWENT OF A DRAMAS
245
THE CORSAIR A TALE
270
THE PRISONER OF CHILLON
326
4
425
THE ISLAND OR CHRISTIAN
595

OCCASIONAL PIECES 18071824
47
INSCRIPTION ON THS MONUWENT OF
53
LINES IN THE TRAVELLERS BOOK
59
ELEGIAC STANZAS ON THE DEATH
76
A FRAGMENT COULD I REMOUNT
106
STANZAS TO THE
125
EPIGRAW FROM THE FRENCH OP RUL
137
79
841
4
844
79
847
104
848
To WOMAN
852
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About the author (1994)

English poet and dramatist George Gordon, Lord Byron was born January 22, 1788, in London. The boy was sent to school in Aberdeen, Scotland, until the age of ten, then to Harrow, and eventually to Cambridge, where he remained form 1805 to 1808. A congenital lameness rankled in the spirit of a high-spirited Byron. As a result, he tried to excel in every thing he did. It was during his Cambridge days that Byron's first poems were published, the Hours of Idleness (1807). The poems were criticized unfavorably. Soon after Byron took the grand tour of the Continent and returned to tell of it in the first two cantos of Childe Harold (1812). Instantly entertained by the descriptions of Spain, Portugal, Albania, and Greece in the first publication, and later travels in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, the public savored Byron's passionate, saucy, and brilliant writing. Byron published the last of Childe Harold, Canto IV, in 1818. The work created and established Byron's immense popularity, his reputation as a poet and his public persona as a brilliant but moody romantic hero, of which he could never rid himself. Some of Byron's lasting works include The Corsair, Lara, Hebrew Melodies, She Walks In Beauty, and the drama Manfred. In 1819 he published the first canto of Don Juan, destined to become his greatest work. Similar to Childe Harold, this epic recounts the exotic and titillating adventures of a young Byronica hero, giving voice to Byron's social and moral criticisms of the age. Criticized as immoral, Byron defended Don Juan fiercely because it was true-the virtues the reader doesn't see in Don Juan are not there precisely because they are so rarely exhibited in life. Nevertheless, the poem is humorous, rollicking, thoughtful, and entertaining, an enduring masterpiece of English literature. Byron died of fever in Greece in 1824, attempting to finance and lead the Byron Brigade of Greek freedom fighters against the Turks.

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