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Lord Byron - Selected Poems

ISBN-10: 0140424504
ISBN-13: 9780140424508
Edition: 2005 (Revised)
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Description: The quintessential Romantic, Lord Byron produced some of the most daring poetry of his time, collected here in this revised editionthe only widely available selection to include his own notes on the same page as the poetry.

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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/25/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 864
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.540

The quintessential Romantic, Lord Byron produced some of the most daring poetry of his time, collected here in this revised editionthe only widely available selection to include his own notes on the same page as the poetry.

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.

Susan J. Wolfson is a professor of English at Princeton University and author of many essays on and editions of Romantic-era writers. Her books include The Questioning Presence; Formal Charges: The Shaping of Poetry in British Romanticism; and, most recently, Borderlines: The Shiftings of Gender in British Romanticism.

A fragment ('when, to their airy hall, my fathers' voice')
To woman
The Cornelian
To Caroline ('you say you love, and yet your eye')
English bards and Scotch reviewers : a satire
Lines to Mr. Hodgson (written on board the Lisbon packet)
Maid of Athens, ere we part
Written after swimming from Sestos to Abydos
To Thyrza ('without a stone to mark the spot')
Childe Harold's pilgrimage : a Romaunt, Cantos I-II
Preface to the first and second Cantos
To Ianthe
Canto the first
Canto the second
Appendix to Canto the second
An ode to the framers of the frame bill
Lines to a lady weeping
The waltz : an apostrophic hymn
Remember thee! : remember thee!
The Giaour : a fragment of a Turkish tale
The bride of Abydos : a Turkish tale
The corsair : a tale
Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte
Stanzas for music
She walks in beauty
Lara : a tale
The destruction of Sennacherib
Napoleon's farewell (from the French)
From the French ('must thou go, my glorious chief')
The siege of Corinth
When we two parted
Fare thee well!
Prometheus
The prisoner of chillon : a fable and sonnet on chillon
Darkness
Childe Harold's pilgrimage : a Romaunt, Canto III
Epistle to Augusta ('my sister! my sweet sister! &c.)
Lines (on hearing that lady Byron was ill)
Manfred : a dramatic poem
So, we'll go no more a roving
Childe Harold's pilgrimage : a romaunt, Canto IV
Epistle from Mr. Murray to Dr. Polidori ('dear Doctor, I have read your play')
BEPPO : a Venetian story
Epistle to Mr. Murray ('my dear Mr. Murray')
Mazeppa
Stanzas to the Po
The isles of Greece
Francesca of Rimini. From the Inferno of Dante, Canto the fifth
Stanzas ('when a man hath no freedom')
Sardanapalus : a tragedy
Who kill'd John Keats?
The blues : a literary eclogue
The vision of judgment
On this day I complete my thirty-sixth year

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