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ENG 2320 Byron

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ENG 2320 Byron 2320

Texas State
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British Literature 1785 +
Susan Tilka

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Notes discussing the life and literary works of Lord Byron
British Literature 1785 +
Susan Tilka
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Date Created: 09/28/15
ENG 2320 Byron 2quot l generation Romantics Byron Shelley Keats George Gordon Lord Byron Son of sea captain married a wealthy heiress took her money and left her with a baby His mother moves to Scotland when he s a baby resentful of her husband Never wears a tie never buttons his collar considered a very handsome man Obsessed with being an athlete his weight fluctuated At 10 years old he becomes the heir of the Lord title 0 The Byron s are one of the oldest aristocratic families Goes to college earns his master s degree popular for lavish entertainments At age 19 he publishes his first book of poetry doesn t get good critiques he retorts back harshly Traveled to Europe was amazed at Greece and how sexually free they were they needed a democratic hero Inherited a seat in the House of Lords with his title 0 Is a liberal Whig politician 0 Supported Catholic emancipation 0 Against death penalty Early 20s he publishes a long poem a fictional travel log 0 Main character is a child weary of war has a magnetic personality 0 Becomes famous All his money from publications is given to the poor Has affairs with many women married the only woman not pursuing him to escape pursuit 0 She was a professional mathematician 0 They have a baby she returns home after one year 0 Her father accuses Byron of incest and sodomy Escapes to Europe meets up with the Shelley s and other peers they do drugs produce literature 0 Publishes a journal with Shelley Has affair with Claire Clairmont age 15 Mary Shelley s sister 0 Has a baby girl who he sends to a convent later dies of a fever Goes to Italy has many sexual escapades begins writing Don Juan Has affair with an Italian Countess supports the Italian democratic movement Goes to Greece and helps raise an army for the democratic movement there 0 While there he gets a fever and dies Highly emotional mood swings 0 Angry and mean vs benevolent o Emotional vs rational o Courage vs selfpity Has a rebellion of his own a sexual one free love Creates the romantic male persona lives it publicly Byronic hero mysterious has superior passions disdain for ordinary people suffer from a guilty torment with their past isolated resilient have their own moral code decide whatjustice is and do it handsome archrebels strong erotic interests their lifestyle is their art not subject to good or evil Byron associated with the hero he creates though that s not really the type of person he is Adds masculine vigor to Romanticism a demand for freedom What Byron adds to Romanticism the Germans call the phenomenon Weltschmertz quotworld grief 0 Having the weight of the world on your shoulders Romantics preoccupied with struggle remorse obsessed with celebrities She Walks in Beauty o Complimenting a lady on how beautiful she looks 0 At a party his cousin is a new widow as she enters the ballroom she is striking 0 He compares her beauty to the night sky 0 She is supposed to be in mourning yet she remains beautiful Darkness o In 1816 Europe is a nightmare Napoleon is marching to Russia war and violence is everywhere England is the last nation standing 0 The government s response is to be repressive people aren t allowed to gather in the streets 0 1815 there was a volcanic eruption 0 Ash covers Europe blocks the sun so there is darkness for 3 days 0 Causes changes in the weather destroyed crops trains stop running people have no way of receiving news and become hysterical 0 Byron has an emotional response remorse upset the world has come to an end nature is out of balance 0 People are setting their houses on fire they have a desperate need for light 0 People have different reactions to tragedies some go stark raving mad others obsessive or quiet 0 Byron feels the people near the volcano were better off they died instantly and don t have to live in the darkness 0 Dogs turn on their masters all except one 0 He is dignified and loyal protects his master s corpse then dies 0 The English love dogs its fitting that a dog would be the last good thing on earth


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