Selections from Byron: The Prisoner of Chillon; Mazeppa; And Other Poems (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Selections From Byron: The Prisoner of Chillon; Mazeppa; And Other Poems

In the choice of selections for this volume T/ze Prz'sone of Cid/[on and Mazeppa, since they are among the colleg entrance requirements, were naturally the first conside Other poems, in whole or in part, have been included, for study or for reading, that the book may perhaps be useful in college classes also. Lack of space, the purpose the volume, and, in some cases, objectionable matter In t poems themselves have excluded from this collection t dramas, the longer narrative poems, and the satires; C/zilde Hamid and Don farm very well lend themselves selection, and we find among Byron's poems many beauti and appropriate lyrics.

It is hoped that the notes may be found sufficiently rate to pave the way to a full appreciation of the poems out hampering the instructor or interfering with the student' self-activity. I was in such dread of over-editing, having severe terrible examples before my eyes, that my first intention wa to include nothing in the notes that could be found by tht student in any ordinary work of reference. So rigorous policy, however, seemed to be mistaken in view of the fac that in some cases such works of reference may not be readil accessible; hence the historical, geographical, and othe annotations. Some of Byron's allusions are of doubtful sig nificance, and in such instances I have expressed merely opinion.

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English poet and dramatist George Gordon, Lord Byron was born January 22, 1788, in London. The boy was sent to school in Aberdeen, Scotland, until the age of ten, then to Harrow, and eventually to Cambridge, where he remained form 1805 to 1808. A congenital lameness rankled in the spirit of a high-spirited Byron. As a result, he tried to excel in every thing he did. It was during his Cambridge days that Byron's first poems were published, the Hours of Idleness (1807). The poems were criticized unfavorably. Soon after Byron took the grand tour of the Continent and returned to tell of it in the first two cantos of Childe Harold (1812). Instantly entertained by the descriptions of Spain, Portugal, Albania, and Greece in the first publication, and later travels in Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, the public savored Byron's passionate, saucy, and brilliant writing. Byron published the last of Childe Harold, Canto IV, in 1818. The work created and established Byron's immense popularity, his reputation as a poet and his public persona as a brilliant but moody romantic hero, of which he could never rid himself. Some of Byron's lasting works include The Corsair, Lara, Hebrew Melodies, She Walks In Beauty, and the drama Manfred. In 1819 he published the first canto of Don Juan, destined to become his greatest work. Similar to Childe Harold, this epic recounts the exotic and titillating adventures of a young Byronica hero, giving voice to Byron's social and moral criticisms of the age. Criticized as immoral, Byron defended Don Juan fiercely because it was true-the virtues the reader doesn't see in Don Juan are not there precisely because they are so rarely exhibited in life. Nevertheless, the poem is humorous, rollicking, thoughtful, and entertaining, an enduring masterpiece of English literature. Byron died of fever in Greece in 1824, attempting to finance and lead the Byron Brigade of Greek freedom fighters against the Turks.

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