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Byron: Poems

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To the nineteenth-century reader, George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824), was the archetype of the Romantic literary hero, a figure admired and emulated as much for the revolutionary panache with which he lived his life as the brio and allure of his verse. Our century has seen him more clearly as a poet whose intellectual toughness, satiric gifts, and utter inability to be ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 18th 1994 by Everyman's Library
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Joe Cowan
Mar 13, 2017 Joe Cowan rated it liked it
Lord Byron has proved to be a witty and self-aware writer who tends to take upon the true personality of a bard waiting on an audience. Though I found most of the content boring or too elongated for my taste, it does not reflect on his skill or ability poorly at all. I will definitely claim one of his poems, "The Destruction of Sennacherib" as one of my all-time favorites.
kari
Sep 13, 2009 kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
Lord Byron is quite the wit. His poetry is entertaining, the ones that were topical in his day are a little tougher to read because I didn't really understand the context of them but still his commentary is great.
There are samples of his poems in the first sixy-four pages and the rest is his narrative verse.
I really liked the way he tells the story in rhyme, although I could wish that he would occasionally get his clever self out of the way and keep telling the story as he does tend to pause to
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Arlene
Nov 02, 2009 Arlene rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2009, poetry
I much preferred Byron’s lyrical verse over the narrative verse. I’m not a fan of poetry, but after reading Byron’s works, I’ve realized I prefer lyrical poems that are short and sweet. Of the ones I came across, my favored ones were “On my thirty third birthday” and “So we’ll go no more a roving.” His satire is distinguishable and effective.

I didn’t care too much for the narrative verses, “The Vision of Judgment” nor “Don Juan.” It didn’t keep my attention and to be frank, I didn’t get what he
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Jen Well-Steered
What I liked about it: I honestly thought when I borrowed this book from the library that all of his poems were like To M.S.G.: When'er I dream of that pure breast, / How could I dwell upon its snows! / Yet is the daring wish repress'd ,/ For that - would banish its repose. / A glance from thy soul-searching eye, / Can raise with hope, depress with fear / Yet I conceal my love - and why? / I would not force a painful tear.' All forbidden romance and tragic death at 24 from tuberculosis that has ...more
Diana
Sep 18, 2013 Diana rated it liked it
First of all, I want to state the fact that I did not read this book, just some poems by Lord Byron, but, obviously, I couldn't add every poem here.
The poems I read are: "My soul is dark", "We sat down and wept by the waters of Babel", "Solitude", "To a lady", "To Eliza" and "On this day I complete my thirty-sixth year".
The poems were, generally, beautiful. I enjoyed reading them and, but mostly, I enjoyed contrasting the Romanian version with the original one. I enjoy finding little connotation
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Andrea
Aug 27, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: literary, poetry
Byron is considered one of the greatest poets in history and this volume of his work certainly demonstrates that fact. I love the story like quality that his writings offer. His wit and intelligence served him well and his legacy continues to endure. I should like to obtain a full volume of his complete works to read and savor. The Romantic poets have always inspired me as a reader, a writer and as a student of literature. Here is a familiar taste:

She walks in beauty,like, like the night
Of c
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Stacey West
May 01, 2016 Stacey West rated it it was ok
Never. Again. I mean the poems are fine but like 98% of the book is "i don't talk bad about people BUT..." Or "I hate gossip BUT..." And useless stuff that is about Byron and not the story he's telling constantly interjected. "Don Juan was born to a loveless marriage. (Now I never married and never will) His dad beat his mom" WHAT JUST HAPPENED?!?!?!?
LemontreeLime
Oct 22, 2013 LemontreeLime rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
Read this a long time ago now. He's interesting, not my go-to poet for literary satisfaction, but definitely worth the perusal once in a while.
Ross Cohen
Oct 05, 2015 Ross Cohen rated it really liked it
A solid introduction, though I wish it contained more of his shorter works, especially "Darkness."
James Violand
May 20, 2011 James Violand rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone.
Shelves: own
Great poetry for a guy. A man's man of a poet.
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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 more a roving, in addition to the narrative poems Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and Don Juan. He is regarded as one of the greatest Bri ...more
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