Byron – George Gordon

Back to: Poets (you should know)

English Poet

BYRON: George Gordon (Lord Byron) 1788 – 1824

ByronC
Born: 22 January 1788 Dover, England
Died: 19 April 1824 Greece

 

He was born with a clubbed foot and in portraits this foot is always hidden. His father abandoned the family and died abroad and his mother was a rather moody and violent woman who later remarried. Byron’s writings reflected an extremely multifaceted personality and his poetry was more often than not an emotional reaction to events which affected him deeply. In modern day terms he would be regarded as being bisexual in his early years. He fell in love with his cousin, Mary Chaworth – a love that was not returned.. He did however have an affair with his halfsister, Augusta and had a number of illegitimate children, whom he did not acknowledge, from other affairs. He later married Annabella Milbanke who had once rejected his proposal but changed her mind. After the birth of their daughter she left Byron because of his “anger and violent utterances”. When adultery and charges of incest were added the couple had a legal separation.

Quotations

“A celebrity is one who is known to many persons he is glad he doesn’t know.”
“Absence – that common cure of love.”
“Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.”

Selected Bibliography
Byron wrote nearly 300 poems

POETRY (* Famous poems)

*She walks in Beauty: She walks in Beauty, like the night of cloudless climes and starry
*The Destruction of Sennacherib: The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold
*The First Kiss of Love: Away with your fictions of flimsy romance
*To Time: Time! On whose arbitrary wing

PLAYS

Cain
Manfred
Marino Faliero, Doge of Venice
The Two Foscari
Template