Lord Byron info
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the most famous Romantic poet
believed in freedom
fought for people's freedom
believed in poetry
believed that he was better than other
Don Juan (16 Cantos) was very popular
At this time, books were extremely expensive
Why did they want to read his writing?
ƕ he was a brilliant writer
ƕ "Don Juan" = and epic xand a satire
ƕ a cult of personality developed around him
ƕ people were interested in both his poetry and his life
His scandals were on the news sheets
Stories about him would spread through the cities.
Byron was a part of the aristocracy. Gossiped about at the highest circles
ƕ Byron was born with a club foot. Considered to be one of the most
handsome men born in his era
ƕ Believed to be bisexual
ƕ Had many affairs. e.g.: with Lady Caroline Lamb
ƒ least scandalous of all of these. Many people had affairs in this
ƕ Rumours of incest with half sister
ƕ Rumours of sodomy
ƒ Sodomy was illegal
Don Juan=about a man who can't help himself but have affairs with women
Poetry was almost autobiographical. Used his own life to write his poetry
He was heralded as a rock star type figure
Byron captivated the western mind.
One of the most famous writers of the NINETEENTH CENTURY!!
Influenced clothing styles. Anything that he wore was in fashion
People cared about what he did.
Byron IS Romanticism. Puts sexuality into play. He is the person who is
associated with Romanticism the most.
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