George Gordon Byron : British Romantic Poet

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George Gordon Byron was born on January 22, 1788, London, England - died April 19, 1824, Missolonghi. He was British Romantic poet whose poetry and personality “captured the imagination of Europe” ( Byron was known to have influence many popular american authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Osar Wilde Byron was the son of Captain John Byron nicknamed “ Mad Jack” and his second wife a scots heiress, Catherine Gordon. Byron did not have a great childhood. Both sides of his family comes from strange backgrounds. His father was known to be a gambler, womanizer, and spendthrift while his mother was not emotionally stable. Swinging between extravagant tenderness and violent rage. Since he was born with a clubfoot he…show more content…
Who stirred his interest in liberal whiggism. On reading his majority in 1809, byron took his seat in the House of Lords, and then embarked with Hobhouse on grad tour. In March 1810 Byron sailed with Hobhouse of Constantinople arrived back in London in July 1811 when he hear his mother sick but died before he could reach at Newstead. In February 1812 he made his first speech in the House of Lords a humanitarian plea opposing harsh against riotous nottingham wearers. At the beginning of March the first two cantos of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage were published by John Murray. The poem describes ”the travels and reflections of a young man who, disillusioned with a life of pleasure and revelry, looks for distraction in foreign lands” ( In writing this poem Byron seems to reflect upon nature of pleasure, and the fertility of the search for perfection in the course of a pilgrimage through Portugal, Spain, Albania, and Greece. In the was of Childe Harold’s enormous popularity, Byron was lionized in whig society. The handsome poet was swept the passionate and eccentric Lady Caroline Lamb, and the scandal of an elopement was barely prevented by his friend Hobhouse. Some of Byron’s works include poems such as Don Juan, Walk in Beauty, and Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Some of his famous plays are Manfred, Sardanapalus and Marino Faliero, Doge of Venice. Childe Harold’s

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