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Him Juan sought, and told of their intent; -- He spake not -- but a sign express'd assent. These Juan calls -- they come -- to their salute He bends him slightly, but his lips are mute. "These letters, Chief, are from the Greek -- the spy, Who still proclaims our spoil or peril nigh.
Published (first published January 2nd 1814)
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i read this ages ago, but that was before i had this excellent edition:


and you know what that means...



yup. i finally got me some byron in my mouth.


and thank you, jen!!

Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, poetry
Good fun. If you liked THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, you'll like this (and I'm assuming Dumas was taking notes from Byron).

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May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poesia
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El Segoviano
Aunque el nombre que da titulo al libro es el Corsario, posiblemente por tratarse de una de las obras mas conocidas del autor, en realidad se trata de cuatro historias de poesía en prosa, si es que puede entenderse así la manera de escribir. Se tratan tambien como cantos en prosa.
En realidad es, desde mi modesto punto de vista, de una serie de cuentos en prosa que recuerdan mas determinados libros infantiles que otra cosa. Las historias están narradas de manera muy fantasiosa utilizando personaj
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, romanticism
Thoroughly enjoyed The Corsair. Much better story and development than I found in The Bride of Abydos. The meter worked so well that I only sensed it just below the surface. I simply read the story but the structure was there throughout, guiding and accentuating.

It's been fun working through Byron from his early to later works. You can see his talent develop and his various experiments with form as he gets more under his belt. Still more to read!
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't care what anyone says; I love Byron and The Corsair is my favorite. Simple escapism beautifully delivered. It may have been the verse equivalent of a popular romance novel in its day, but it sure reads well to me now.
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
- I have a soft spot for Byron
- it's always amusing to watch someone wrestle with heroic couplets

- this definitely crossed my threshold of tolerance for white male 18th/19th century authors and their grossness about race, women etc
Katheryna Lakomova
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This poem is great. I see it, I feel it! Byron's words make me live between his lines, inside his letters...
The Corsair is so...marine? :) So...solt? So...tragic and magnificent at the same time. Impressed, honestly.
Aug 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
Tis about a pirate. So opportunity for envisioning Depp. ;)
Treatise on seductiveness of the other/ orientalism.
Kinda feels more like spectating than reading.

*craves internality*

*particularly from Depp* ;)

Jun 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
lindo libro, y el final deja que cada persona se imagine a su manera el destino del protagonista.
cf. The prisoner of the Caucasus
Sublime. Simply sublime.
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I liked the writting style and Byron's feeling i realy felt it but it was so melancholy and open ending and i hate that but it was agreat poem and great story to my speacial outher
Betsy Kalman
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love and pirates.
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: college
Action packed and full of adventure. Also good female characters which is rare for a book from this time period.
I had to read it for my school project. It is pretty good for something that was written in the nineteenth century.
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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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“He knew himself a villain—but he deem'd
The rest no better than the thing he seem'd;
And scorn'd the best as hypocrites who hid
Those deeds the bolder spirit plainly did.
He knew himself detested, but he knew
The hearts that loath'd him, crouch'd and dreaded too.
Lone, wild, and strange, he stood alike exempt
From all affection and from all contempt”
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