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Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  761 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage is a long poem about a traveling young man who journeys across the world to combat his disillusionment with his own society. Since the title character is a "childe", it means he was a noble who forgoes his destiny back home for the exciting unknown. It's also eerily similar to Lord Byron's own life story, of a man who traveled across Europe to ta ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Echo Library (first published 1818)
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Jake
Nov 19, 2014 Jake rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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
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David
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
Majoringinliterature
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
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Gregory
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
Ira Bespalova
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
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Breann
This poetry was difficult for me to get through. I found it hard to understand, and very time-consuming. I read it for a class, and probably would not have finished reading it if it had not been required. But once we discussed Byron and his poetry as a class, it made much more sense to me, and I am glad I read it!

"Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" is an interesting story about Byron's quest of experience and love of nature. It also reveals a lot about Byron himself (his insecurities, his recklessness
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Marios
"X.
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.

XI.
But who, of all the plunderers of yon fane
On high, where Pallas lingered, loth to flee
The latest re
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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
Ivana
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
CheshRCat
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.
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...
H
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.
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.
Madeeha Maqbool
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?
Jessica
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.

Love,
Jessica
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.
Lindsay
Some beautiful imagery, particularly when read aloud, but overall it was quite hard work to get through.
Lucy
It was very hard to understand and the things I did understand weren't interesting at all.
Evan Simpkins
Some of the best descriptive passages on Rome and Greece....
Margaret
Better than Shelley, that's about the best I can say about Byron.
Amanda
I know that I should like Byron, but I just can't.
RK Byers
yawn... one or two moments of interest.
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George Gordon Byron (aka 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 British poets and r ...more
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