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The Amazing Writing of Lord Byron: By Dalton Fincher

A Man With Many Friends and Many Enemies

John Gatton called him "The most fashionable poet of the day" in his biography of Byron (Gatton). Byron's contemporaries however, saw him as scandalous!

Thomas Carlyle once said "Close thy Byron, open thy Goethe" (“George Gordon Lord Byron” 312-314).

Portrait of George Gordon (1788-1824) 6th Baron Byron of Rochdale in Albanian Dress

Phillips shows how Byron was wild by wearing Albanian clothing.
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His Amazing Work

Byron was the black sheep alongside his contemporaries only because he was ahead of his time. His poetry can be seen as truly beautiful.

In Don Juan, Byron describes a love interest with passion:

"Haidee was Nature's bride, and knew not this;

Haidee was Passion's child, born where the sun

Showers triple light, and scorches even the kiss

Of his gazelle-eyed daughters" ("Don Juan" 373)

With this same passion Byron can create a darker scene as he did in "Darkness"

"I had a dream, which was not all a dream.

The bright sun was extinguish'd and the stars

Did wander darkling in the eternal space,

Rayless and pathless, and the icy earth." ("Darkness" 322)

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So what?

The personality of Byron and the way he describes intimate moments sent shock waves through Europe. He was called both immoral and a genius. Today authors have expanded on just what emotions and thoughts could be seen as publicly acceptable. Authors in Russia, France, Great Britain, and the Americas were all touched in some way by his wild writing. There is only one question that remains. What will you find in Byron's work?