The Poet and Romanticism
Byron's works: readings from his works, critical opinions
Importance of Byron in the Romantic Movement
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MATERIAL ON THE WEB
Chronology of the 18th century
Byron critical opinion: Please do not read the critical opinion until after class. We will read him ourselves before we read the critics.
We will discuss in class which poems to read on your own.
If you visit the Byron Bibliography you will see a number of excellent books on Byron, his wife, his daughter and his sister and other aspects of his fascinating story. If you would like one good biography to begin your extra reading on Byron, the Benita Eisler biography is a good choice.
Byron: Child of Passion, Fool of Fame,
Here is a short review from Amazon: "In this masterful portrait of the poet who dazzled an era and prefigured the modern age of celebrity, noted biographer Benita Eisler offers a fuller and more complex vision than we have yet been afforded of George Gordon, Lord Byron. Eisler reexamines his poetic achievement in the context of his extraordinary life: the shameful and traumatic childhood; the swashbuckling adventures in the East; the instant stardom achieved with the publication of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage; his passionate and destructive love affairs and finally his tragic death in the cause of Greek independence. This magnificent record of a towering figure is sure to become the new standard biography of Byron."