Analysis of Lord Byron´s Epic Poem Don Juan

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By the time of Byron’s death, he had written 16 cantos and left an unfinished 17th. In the first canto, the reader finds out about Don Juan’s parents and goes on to talk about how Don Juan and his mother’s friend, Donna Julia, fall in love with each other and have an affair. This particular poem is not like many poems seen before. Lord Byron wrote this poem, to follow the satirical tradition of the Renaissance and 18th century neoclassicism. “Written in ottava rima and modeled on the comic poems by the Italian Renaissance poets Ludovico Ariosto and Francesco Berni, Don Juan should be read in terms of deconstruction of Romanticism and a revitalization of Augustan concepts of poetry” (Lennartz). This epic poem shows that Lord Byron is mocking the epic form and the epic hero qualities found in English literature.
An epic is a long, often book-length narrative in verse form that retells the heroic journey of a single person. Elements that typically distinguish epics include a hero of national or international significance and of great historical or legendary significance; found in every culture, the setting is vast in scope, covering a nation, the world, or the universe, as well as numerous other characteristics.
One of the ways Lord Byron mocks the epic form is by presenting the characteristic of there being a hero of national or international significance and of…
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