So We Ll Go No More A-Roving

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Lord Byron, a man who was celebrated and vilified throughout his lifetime, but is possibly the most famous of the English Romantic Poets. He is better known today for his creation of one of the most famous characters is Romantic poetry, the “Byronic hero,” a melancholy man, full of guilt and a dark past, a man who rejects social standards to find his own truth and happiness in what he describes as a “meaningless universe.” Byron was a man who was very popular during his time as a Romantic poet; however he was regarded by many to be immoral and vulgar and this “immorality” carried into his poetry. Lord Byron was notorious for having many lovers, and was bisexual and “had relationships with both women and men (Drummond).” His poetry mirrored his life and was filled with lust for women, lose morals and even fashion, and at the time many of these topics were regarded as forward thinking, unethical and wrong. In “So We’ll Go No More A-Roving”, one of Byron’s shortest works made up of only three stanzas, each with four lines, we can see Byron at the end of his life…show more content…
Though the night was made for loving,/ And the day returns too soon,/ Yet we’ll go no more a-roving/ By the light of the moon (Byron 7-10).” The narrator is comparing the shortness of the night to the shortness of his youth. While his youth or “night” was made for loving; the fast approaching day which is a symbol of him growing older and maturing is right around the corner, and the moonlight has disappeared into the daylight along with his days of roving. Lord Byron gives us a perfect example of English Romantic Poetry, even though he was not the perfect person, who went against the social standards of that time. In many ways Lord Byron embodies his own character of a “Byronic hero.” “a melancholy man, often with a dark past, who rejects social and religious strictures to search for truth and happiness in an apparently meaningless universe
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