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Manfred by George Gordon Byron
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Aug 29, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: poetry
Read in January, 2003

"'tis not so difficult to die!"

What a fascinating quote from a character whose great triumph of independence is choosing death. Why doesn't he say, "Choosing death has been a hard decision and will be an incredible sacrifice!" No, he says it wasn't that hard to do.

This is a marvelous and haunting poem, one of Lord Byron's great works. I revisit it from time to time. And I recommend it whether you are a Byron fan or not.

My favorite passage is Manfred's great monologue in Act III about a night visit to the ruins of the Coliseum. It includes the following statement:

"...the place became religion"
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