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Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

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Published January 1st 2010 by MobileReference (first published April 1st 1812)
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Attention note - this writing of mine may be a bit longer, since it contains my innermost thougths and musings provoked by this book. If you bother to read, you have my deepest reverence, if you fail, you nobly died trying, if you entirely skip, I truly do not wonder and will gladly bestow my absolution.

Fame is the thirst of youth,--but I am not
So young as to regard men's frown or smile
As loss or guerdon of a glorious lot;
I stood and stand alone,--remembered or forgot.“

The man whose notoriety m
Jun 15, 2009 Jake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This is my favorite work by Lord Byron. Hands down. No contest. I revisit it often to read favorite sections.

Via the character of Childe Harold, and later simply as himself, Byron explores the world. He visits places like Spain, Turkey, and of course, Greece. He also muses on great historical figures like Napoleon. Think of this as the ultimate road trip epic, set via 19th Century Romanticism. Do you like movies like Easy Rider? This work is in the same vein.

The language is more accessible tha
Jul 28, 2011 Gregory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many literature students, I first encountered Childe Harold in a shortened version. In 2010 I read the last two cantos and I really didn't like it. I still think it is easy to get lost in the language and it is difficult understand what Byron is trying to say, even going over the last two cantos again it was difficult. But after taking my sweet time trying to follow the narrative, I gained a heavy appreciation for this work. I recently read all four cantos and I think the first two cantos a ...more
Nov 09, 2009 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the poem that set Byron on his meteoric course as Don Juan bursting into formal Napoleonic London society like a guided missile. Everyone was reading it, from literate serving girls and parlour maids to the top nobs. It's difficult to believe these days that it sent women into fainting fits. But if you exercise a little imagination you can think yourself back into the mindset of two hundred years ago and get a thrill from it even now, and know that you're reading something worth reading ...more
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I only read "Apostrophe to the Ocean" in this, and I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
Hands up everyone who, like me, thought that Childe Harold's Pilgrimage was going to be about, oh, I don't know, a young soon-to-be-knight tramping around Europe and going on grand adventures? I feel like there should be a big sign at the end of the book saying, 'HA HA. Sucked in'.

Don't get me wrong, Byron's first major work is absolutely wonderful - just not in the way I was expecting. It's been so long since I've read poetry that I had more or less forgotten the whole point of the Romantics w
Ira Bespalova
Jan 27, 2010 Ira Bespalova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: had-to-read
Byron is a true genius. That's what I found out after reading this book. He reminded me of Pushkin in some way.
Unfortunately, I read The Pilgrimage in Russian, I'm sure I've lost a good deal. The reason is that I just didn't dare to read it in the original with many archaic words that I would have failed to understand. Nevertheless, even in Russian the book didn't lose its charm!
Together with Childe Harold the book carries you to places like Spain, Greece and Turkey.
It's a breathtaking adventur
Jul 14, 2015 Nicolas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Hark! Tyrant Time: ‘gainst thy e’er shrinking spheres -
Thou Cosmarch of an aeon, a year, an hour -
Borne by the raging Mistral, rends and tears
The Canso of one lonesome troubadour :
Byron – whose Soul withstood the awesome Power
Which mighty Empires its black wrath incurred.
Brief flared their frenzied flame, briefer the Giaour;
Worthy their clay, yet worthier his Word
That garlandeth this lay with a Picardy third.
Aug 11, 2015 Vel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Tis night, when Meditation bids us feel
We once have loved, though love is at an end:
The heart, lone mourner of its baffled zeal,
Though friendless now, will dream it had a friend
Who with the weight of years would wish to bend,
When Youth itself survives young Love and Joy?
Alas! when mingling souls forget to blend,
Death hath but little left him to destroy!
Ah! happy years! once more who would not be a boy?
Apr 17, 2010 rogue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful as a work of poetry, and it would be beautiful as a tour guide if I possessed the street knowledge of the time. As a modern reader a lot of the references go right over my head, so if this book were to contain a map with references to the text I'd jump for join.
Doug D'jay
Dec 05, 2015 Doug D'jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark at the end. I have found another kindred spirit. I haven't read poetry since high school, and read this to see why the Greeks hold (held?) him in such high esteem. That much is clear. (And the great Ada, who I hope will be my daughters' muse, makes a surprise appearance.)


Though sluggards deem it but a foolish chase, And marvel men should quit their easy chair, The toilsome way, and long, long league to trace. Oh, there is sweetness in the mountain air And life, that bloated Ease can nev
Jul 02, 2015 Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, romanticism
As soon as I finished reading this, I gave it 4 stars. Having let it sit in my mind for a bit and now as I sit down to write this review, I’m going to change it to 5. The poetry itself (in four cantos) is very good and I’d rate Byron’s work a solid 4. However the notes in the edition I read were spectacular and pushed my rating up. The almost 100 pages of notes include history, social issues, and contemporary commentary. They are written in English, Latin, classical Greek and Italian, and cite p ...more
Jun 28, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, english-lit
"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society where none interludes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can never express, yet
Can not all conceal."

(I am currently reading a complete collection of Byron, but as I did with Keats, I'll review the longer works sep
Oct 19, 2013 Marios rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here let me sit upon this massy stone,
The marble column's yet unshaken base!
Here, son of Saturn, was thy favourite throne!
Mightiest of many such! Hence let me trace
The latent grandeur of thy dwelling-place.
It may not be: nor even can Fancy's eye
Restore what time hath laboured to deface.
Yet these proud pillars claim no passing sigh;
Unmoved the Moslem sits, the light Greek carols by.

But who, of all the plunderers of yon fane
On high, where Pallas lingered, loth to flee
The latest re
Vincent Blok
Aug 03, 2015 Vincent Blok rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
De vrijheid van de economie, of hoe de Grieken de vrijheid verkwanselden (Lord Byron, De omzwervingen van Jonker Harold)

Lord Byron’s omzwervingen van Jonker Harold laat zien dat de Griekse onderwerping aan Europa in een lange traditie staat:

“Een bende pummels ringeloort uw land.
De Griek doet niets. Hij scheldt op de barbaar,
maar siddert voor de zweep in Turkse hand,
Een slaaf van wieg tot graf, in woord en daad ontmand” (II: 74).

Byron leert dat het Griekse referendum tegen de Europese schulde
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
This is an epic poem in four Cantos about a young man, disillusioned with life, who goes on a tour of Europe, reflecting on wars fought in various countries and their histories, and ultimately deciding that life sucks, and there is no love or peace to be found anywhere. (Yay. So it's a happy poem.) There are many references to a hidden emotional pain of Harold's that forced him to leave England and haunts him wherever he goes, marring his enjoyment of life. What that painful secret is, we never ...more
Beth Roberts
I was looking forward to this -- I loved _Don Juan_ -- but I was disappointed. The first 2 cantos (of the 4-canto poem) are especially annoying, even though they were the making of Byron's reputation. Much consciously antique language and syntax combined with Byron's inchoate sense of what he was trying to do (is this a narrative? a political commentary? a travelogue?) left me struggling to make myself carry on. In the second 2 cantos, written several years later, Byron was clearly in control of ...more
Sep 17, 2011 Ivana rated it liked it
Admired it when I was a teenager. Today not as much. Nevertheless, Byron is a decent poet and that saves this pilgrimage from becoming boring. He is feeling sorry for himself and that borders on boredom, but I don't think that the line is crossed. I guess that depends on personal interpretation. Some parts are quite moving. Not his finest hour, however. My mind is not willing to follow his at times, you know when you just don't care to see all the references. For the time being, I prefer him mor ...more
May 08, 2016 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are some gems in this (all too long) pilgrimage. The first two cantos are markedly more engaging than the latter two, which drift down the Rhone, through Lac Leman, Venice, and Rome. Byron is at his best when railing against tyranny, praising freedom, or delineating solitary despair; only of secondary note are his apostrophes to every grove or statue in Europe, though even here some moments are remarkable, e.g. the fourth Canto's majestic apostrophe to the Ocean.
Of course this poem was good (I mean, it's Byron, he can do no wrong in my girlish eyes), but I don't know, I didn't like it as much as a lot of his later stuff. In Don Juan things HAPPEN, if you know what I mean. Childe Harold just kind of wanders around and sighs and looks at things and sighs a bit more. Which is all very well and good, but gets a bit wearing after a while.
Apr 09, 2015 Jemma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A remarkable poetic work, just not one which resonates strongly with me. Essentially, Byron goes on the Grand Tour and rhapsodises about the architecture, landscapes and inhabitants of those areas past and present. Apparently this represents a struggle which gave rise to the Byronic hero but I missed that. Perhaps it is a work best appreciated if footnotes are included.
Stuart Macalpine
The poetry is there, but it lacks the narrative genius and profound humour of Don Juan, which it outwardly resembles. I don't regret reading it, but it was disappointing if you expect Byron at his best ... Read Don Juan instead is my advice...
míol mór
Edizione scolastica del 1925. Definirlo di seconda mano �� un grosso eufemismo. D'altro canto �� pi�� vecchio dei miei nonni...
Pagato ���3 in campo S. Margherita a Venezia.

Testo inglese (con alcune sforbiciate, a discrezione del curatore) e note italiane.
Aug 04, 2009 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Lord Byron,

You are so freaky. I love you. Let's run away to Italy together and cause a scandal. Come on... we're both dog people. Let's do it.

Some beautiful imagery, particularly when read aloud, but overall it was quite hard work to get through.
Mar 19, 2016 Masha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uni-reads
I enjoyed Don Juan waaaaay more, but this one has some dope quotes. I am not so fond of the passive dreamer character he writes, so here's that.
Mollie  (Bookdictive Reviews)
Keats>Byron but he's a dreamy, club footed man in his own rights. His Byronic hero is best exemplified in this work, and is one of his best.
Alex Pler
"Tú, que fuiste extremado en todo, si hubieses sabido guardar un justo medio, ocuparías todavía el trono, o no lo hubieras escalado nunca."
Madeeha Maqbool
Aug 09, 2011 Madeeha Maqbool rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Byron has got to be one of my most favourite poets, in spite of the fact that I don't really like poetry. Rudeness, combined with talent and the glamour of his real life. What's not to like?
R.K. Byers
yawn... one or two moments of interest.
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“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne’er express, yet cannot all conceal.”
“Then stirs the feeling infinite, so felt
In solitude, where we are least alone.”
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