Nov 19, 14
Read in November, 2014, read count: 5
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 than Shakespeare. Still, I recommend picking up a well-footnoted edition, and keeping a dictionary handy. Often, Byron uses words differently than we do today. So it is worth referencing archaic definitions that add fascinating layers to the text.
Wish you could meet Byron and interact with him in person? Read this pilgrimage poem.