Stephen As A Fan Of Lord Byron 's Poetry

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Stephen’s dissent to religious ideologies began while he was attending his first year at Belvedere College. He was accused of heresy by Mr. Tate, the English master. While in class, Mr. Tate accused Stephen of heresy, and Stephen knew his essay contained heresy because he, “did not look up. […] He was conscious of failure and detection […]” (Joyce, 69) After opening Stephen’s essay to find the heresy in question, Mr. Tate proclaimed, “Ah! without a possibility of ever approaching nearer. That’s heresy,” to which Stephen mumbled, “I meant without a possibility of ever reaching” (Joyce, 69). Stephen’s intentional act of heresy points to his religious dissent. Stephen is also a fan of Lord Byron’s poetry. One night while walking, Stephen’s classmates began to discuss their favorite poets when one of the boys said that Lord Tennyson was his favorite. “At this Stephen forgot the silent vows he had been making and burst out: Tennyson a poet! Why, he’s only a rhymester!” (Joyce, 71) They dismissed Stephen’s claims and asked him who he believes is the best poet, and Stephen said, “Byron, of course” (Joyce, 71). They all laughed at Stephen’s response and claimed that Byron was a poet for the uneducated people. Stephen fervently defended his answer and was accused of being “a heretic and immoral,” like Byron (Joyce, 71). Byron was viewed as a heretic by many people in the 19th century. Like Milton, Byron topic of choice was religion, and his writing forced people to actively question

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