Selected Poems

Selected Poems

George Gordon Byron Peter J. Manning Susan J. Wolfson / Nov 27, 2020

Selected Poems Described as Mad bad and dangerous to know by one of his lovers Lady Caroline Lamb Lord Byron was the quintessential Romantic Flamboyant charismatic and brilliant he remains almost as notorious f

  • Title: Selected Poems
  • Author: George Gordon Byron Peter J. Manning Susan J. Wolfson
  • ISBN: 9780140424508
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Paperback
  • Described as Mad, bad and dangerous to know by one of his lovers, Lady Caroline Lamb, Lord Byron was the quintessential Romantic Flamboyant, charismatic and brilliant, he remains almost as notorious for his life as a political revolutionary, sexual adventurer and traveller as he does for his literary work Yet he produced some of the most daring and exuberant poetryDescribed as Mad, bad and dangerous to know by one of his lovers, Lady Caroline Lamb, Lord Byron was the quintessential Romantic Flamboyant, charismatic and brilliant, he remains almost as notorious for his life as a political revolutionary, sexual adventurer and traveller as he does for his literary work Yet he produced some of the most daring and exuberant poetry of the Romantic age, from To Caroline and To Woman to the satirical English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, his exotic Eastern tales and the colourful narrative of Childe Harold s Pilgrimage, the work that made him famous overnight and gave birth to the idea of the brooding Byronic hero.

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      • George Gordon Byron Peter J. Manning Susan J. Wolfson

        George Gordon Byron invariably known as Lord Byron , later Noel, 6th Baron Byron of Rochdale FRS was a British poet and a leading figure in Romanticism Amongst Byron s best known works are the brief poems She Walks in Beauty, When We Two Parted, and So, we ll go no a roving, in addition to the narrative poems Childe Harold s Pilgrimage and Don Juan He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential, both in the English speaking world and beyond.Byron s notabilty rests not only on his writings but also on his life, which featured upper class living, numerous love affairs, debts, and separation He was notably described by Lady Caroline Lamb as mad, bad, and dangerous to know Byron served as a regional leader of Italy s revolutionary organization, the Carbonari, in its struggle against Austria He later travelled to fight against the Ottoman Empire in the Greek War of Independence, for which Greeks revere him as a national hero He died from a fever contracted while in Messolonghi in Greece.


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    1. My first contact with the most knownsatanicalRomantic poet hasn’t disappointed. Lord Byron emerges in his poems as the immensely popular hero, defiant, melancholic, haunted by secret guilt, the eternal scandalous irreverent freethinker. We are the fools of Time and Terror: DaysSteal on us, and steal from us; yet we live,Loathing our life, and dreading still to die .ManfredAlthough this selection doesn’t include his famousDon Juan , I have found plenty of passion and strong emotion in his sta [...]


    2. Introduction & NotesTable of DatesFurther ReadingA Note on This Edition--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 ThyrzaChilde Harold's Pilgrimage: A Romaunt, Cantos I-IIPreface to the First and Second CantosAddition t [...]


    3. I only read this because of the sexy cover.Actually, that is half true.Lord Byron is a pretty well known poet. Most people have heard his name and kind of know about his colorful life. He was a lover of women (and men) and animals (not sexually LOL). He was involved in politics and was a world traveler. He was in very good shape and known for his aesthetics. He was acquaintances with several other famous authors at the time most famously Percy Bysshe Shelley. His daughter, Ada Lovelace, even bec [...]


    4. You either love Byron or you hate him. And it should probably come as no surprise that I absolutely adore him. The original goth-emo boy. Man did it with style, though. His life is fascinating, ridiculous, over the top. Watching his journey through poetry is just amazing, watching how throughly his sorrows and his fantasy life consumes him. Byron's fantasies are beautifully put down through his poetry. It's a shame, but not a surprise, that those fantasies are what ultimately killed him.


    5. Lord Byron was, until the age of biological engineering, pretty much the zenith of human development. Lord knows what he could have done with 80mg per diem sustained release Adderall® dextro?amphetamine salts or, like, elephant pituitary extracts, or hell even some Centrum and antibiotics instead of therapeutic bleeding, but it's exciting to read him (or about him) and ponder what'll happen when we can start giving people three hearts each, like octopodes.


    6. چایلد هارولد، قطعه زندانی شیلنای آزادی. تو آن روح جاودان هستی، که هرگز در زنجیر نمیافتد، و در تاریکی سیاهچالها نیز همچنان درخشنده میماند، زیرا جایگاه تو قلب ماست. قلبی ست که تنها برای تو میتپد. وقتی که نصیب فرزندان تو، قلاده و ظلمت و سیاهچال تیره شود، از شهادت آنها نیرویی پدید [...]


    7. Well, so far I've learned that skulls make excellent goblets for wine. Better than the thoughts it contained in life!Byron may have romanticized about women, but he also hid men in there as well.I find a lot of it hard to read but I end up reading this in a really broken fashion. I work at a call center where I can't really enjoy it between calls, then at home I'm always gardening, eating, cooking, shopping, or facebooking so I read a poem a day at the most.Where I was going with that is that I [...]


    8. It seems appropriate to briefly meditate upon the poetry of Lord Byron on any date including this, his birth date. In particular I turn to his poem 'On this Day I complete my Thirty-Sixth Year'. This poem appeals to me neither for the greatness of its lines nor the acuity of its poetic strains, but for the beauty and sadness of its meditative thought. The opening stanza, for example:"'Tis time this heart should be unmoved,Since others it hath ceased to move:Yet, though I cannot be beloved,Still [...]


    9. My review of Childe Harold is here!My reivew of Don Juan is here!I have to admit that Byron took me a really, really long time to finish. I am not sure if I can put my finger on why that is, but he's taken much longer to read than other poets, even others from his very own time period. Long story short, I find his poetry to be a little harder to follow- to compare to Keats, who is my favorite poet, I can say this: Keats has a flow to his poetry that I can't find in Byron's poetry, and while I ca [...]


    10. What can anyone truly say about Byron? There is something about the man that makes him stand out. Take a look at those who were writing at the same time. There is a charm, an perfect charm, about John Keats's poetry, but Shelley, we know Shelley because of Mary, because she worked so hard to insure his legacy.Byron, on the other hands, so is much larger than life.It's true that some of this image comes from his personal life. What can you say about a man who slept with his half sister and other [...]


    11. Byron has been a perennially fascinating personality since he lived, hence the number of biographies on him in print, but I wonder how many people have actually read his poetry? This is a fine place to start. All the dramatic narratives are here: Childe Harolde's Pilgrimage, Mazeppa, The Giaour, Lara, The Bride of Abydos, The Corsair - as well as some of the famours lyrics such as 'So we'll go no more a roving'.If you've never read Byron, then you might be surprised at the sheer narrative drive [...]


    12. When we two partedIn silence and tears,Half broken-heartedTo sever for years ,Pale grew thy cheek and cold,Colder thy kiss;Truly that hour foretoldSorrow to this.The dew of the morningSunk chill on my brow - It felt like the warningOf what I feel now.Thy vows are all broken,And light is thy fame:I hear thy name spoken,And share in its shame.They name thee before me,A knell to mine ear;A shudder comes o'er me -Why wert thou so dear? They know not I knew thee,Who knew thee too well: -Long, long sh [...]


    13. George Noel Gordon lord Byron"Romanje grofiča Harolda"drugi spev, kitici 25, 26Razmišljati na skalah tik prepada;počasi stopati skoz gozdni mrak,kjer so stvari, ki človek jim ne vladain kjer ni hodil še njegov korak;za čredo divjih koz skoz siv oblakv neznano plezati po gorski steni;strmeti v slapa belogrivi trak -to ni samota - to samo pomenipomenkovati se z naravo v vsej lepoti njeni.A v hrupu, gneči gledati, čutiti,živeti med ljudmi in od spoznanjutrujen tujec v tujem svetu biti,brez [...]


    14. I'm glad I got my hands on this, and it really was my first foray into english poetry and, should I say it, poetry in generals since I've read very few collection of poems. This really got me a taste for it and dissolved my fears about only being able to enjoy the poetry of Homer forever. I found this edition was rich in its contents as I found within tragedies, satires, little poems and epics. Some I prefered to others, but it was more because of my own incapacities in english, and of my own ig [...]


    15. GGLB is one of the best when it comes to romantic poetry. Over dramatic, yes, but there's something I don't know, hmmm this really nice feeling I get when I read his poems. Came across The Destruction of Sennacherib way back High School and have loved (still loves) his work ever since. When we two partedIn silence and tears,Half broken-heartedTo sever for years,Pale grew thy cheek and cold,Colder thy kiss;Truly that hour foretoldSorrow to this.The dew of the morningSank chill on my brow--It felt [...]


    16. Byron's beautiful poems were not as addicting to me as Keats's are. But, as Romantic poetry goes he is one of the best! There's no way I could appreciate the poems fully without reading up on the poet himself. Well, all I can say is that he was some ladies man (and mans man since he was most likely gay but that is another discussion entirely). He certainly seemed a bit tortured by his emotionsThis book was quite long and I must confess that I did not have the strength to power through it cover t [...]


    17. Thank god for Penguin classics, they always make the weighty stuff seem so manageable for mere mortals. Case in point, Byron. If you are a collector of real books, you know that his entire collection is rather large, so it's nice to have a mass paperback version that can be held in the hand.Byron was a truly strange dude, compared to his contemporaries. Today, he would be the Kelly Slater of poets, probably surfing Malibu while writing verses in the sand. His death was tragic, which made his poe [...]


    18. "She Walks in BeautyShe walks in beauty like the nightof cloudless climes and starry skies;And all that's best of dark and brightmeets in her aspect and her eyes:Thus mellow'd to that tender lightwhich heaven to gaudy day denies.One shade the more, one ray the less,had half impair'd the nameless gracewhich waves in every raven tress,or softly lightens o'er her face -where thoughts serenely sweet expresshow pure, how dear their dwelling - place.And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,so soft, so ca [...]


    19. When, to their airy hall, my Fathers' voice Shall call my spirit, joyful in their choice; When, pois'd upon the gale, my form shall ride, Or, dark in mist, descend the mountain's side; Oh! may my shade behold no sculptur'd urns, To mark the spot where earth to earth returns! No lengthen'd scroll, no praise-encumber'd stone; My epitaph shall be my name alone: If that with honour fail to crown my clay, Oh! may no other fame my deeds repay! That, only that, shall single out the spot; By that rememb [...]


    20. really nice in places bit boring in others or maybe i didt have the patiance to fully apprecaite what he w writing a few of my favourite bits in it If I should meet theeAfter long years, How should I greet thee?-- With silence and tears.In the desert a fountain is springing,In the wide waste there still is a tree,And a bird in the solitude singing,Which speaks to my spirit of thee.


    21. i love how the "Complete Works" rolls in at a weighty 1100 pages, yet "Selected Poems" only whittles it to the oh-so-manageable 800. solid. currently reading Bulfinch's Mythology The Age of Fable or Stories of Gods and Heroes, which references scads of Byron's mythological allusions. my interest, it is piqued.


    22. This verse from "Beppo" describes exactly what New Yorkers feel often during our daily commute or walking through the streets: "One of those forms which flit by us, when weAre young and fix our eyes on every face;And, oh! the loveliness at times we seeIn momentary gliding, the soft grace,The youth, the bloom, the beauty which agree, In many a nameless being we retrace, Whose course and home we knew not, nor shall know"


    23. My dear, dear, George, Forgive me for I must speak plainly and ask how it is that you know my heart so well? It is quite improper. Indeed your writings have been a distracting influence and made it completely impossible to concentrate on anything of a practical nature. To add to this, you shame me openly and yet venture no apology. I should hardly wonder at this given your reputation. But oh you know, yes you know. Write again soon dear rogue. Yours ever xx


    24. Byron is my poet for 2014. He seems to be really good, but I just read a 1000 line satire of a bunch of critics that hated his first book of poetry. I guess you had to be there.It really was good--lots of ballads; the stories would recur in my brain on runs, swims or bikes. It's kind of nice to read poetry out loud.I was reading a poem to sister Sarah, and we have a new phrase (after going for a long walk), "My dogs are harking!"


    25. I'm an unashamed Byronista. That said, there are parts of Don Juan which border on doggerel. I wonder whether Byron did this intentionally to display his contempt for his 'fan club.' The Dedication is, for me, the highlight. The shorter, more personal poems hit the spot for me


    26. few men of letters in my opinion could stand in his shadow,his use of queens English,mixed with his own more modern along with his passions are remarkable.I learned if nothing more how rich and passionate the English language can be in poetry.



    27. The roots of modern fantasy can be found (in part) in these pages. Great stuff and I am glad that I was belatedly exposed to it.


    28. As with most collections of poems, some are excellent and enjoyed thoroughly, while others can be appreciated for the author's dedication to writing, yet are not necessarily enjoyed.


    29. The first poems in English I read in my life. I was a highschool student at the time and received the book as a present from my family.


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