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  1. So We'll Go No More A-roving (Lord Byron)- Response Paper

    As one grows older, it is difficult for their body to hold on by time and such physical changes are inevitable. The poet has dramatized his approach here with these examples of wear and tear in order to lure the attention of the readers to understand these descriptions in depth. Byron tries to put forward to the reader that no one can dodge these corporal transformations and they are bound to happen eventually.

    • Word count: 543
  2. How far are current interpretations of Newstead accurate reflections of what it may have been like in 1871?

    Emilia Webb encouraged visitors to view the assortment of artefacts and curios associated with Byron, that she had collected, prompting her daughter to write, "[she] seemed much less mistress in her own house than caretaker for Byron's. It is chiefly owing to Mrs Webb's care on her first arrival at Newstead that every relic connected with Byron has been so religiously preserved. She regarded this as an obligation and a duty to the poet's admirers." The decoration in the house has largely remained unchanged since the Victorian era, and purposefully reflects the style of this period.

    • Word count: 1540
  3. Compare the ways in which Lord Byron's 'So No More We'll Go A-Roving' and John Clare's 'I Am' convey their feelings about getting older/mental illness. Comment on language, rhythm, form and structure, as well as the content of the poem.

    Clare, on the other hand, uses negative words to convey a bitterness towards his situation. Words such as 'forsake', 'woes', and 'scorn' suggest that unlike Byron, Clare is unhappy about his isolation. Clare has chosen to use dramatic words in his poem to maximise the impact of his message and convey his strong emotions. He describes his life's esteems as a 'vast shipwreck'. The use of the word 'shipwreck' conveys at maximum impact that his life was a complete disaster. Comparatively, Byron uses words with a calming quality such as 'pause' and 'rest'. This conveys he is far more content with his life and growing old than Clare, and also as oppose to it being an emotional drama, for Byron it is more a peaceful decent.

    • Word count: 1253
  4. The Life and Times of Lord Byron.

    To further his education, Byron began to study at Dulwich, Harrow, and finally at Cambridge. By 1802, Byron was consumed with debt and accused of bisexual love affairs (Lord Byron 3). Bryon moved home to Newstead, where he first met his half-sister, Augusta Leigh, with whom he was suspected of having an incestuous relationship. (Lord Byron 3). Lord Byron's first collection of poems, Hours of Idleness, appeared in 1807 (Lord Byron 5). His poems were ravenously attacked by Henry Broughman in the Edinburgh Review.

    • Word count: 957
  5. How does Byron present the lovers in this passage?

    He believed that no shackles should be placed on love; it should be natural, and indeed this is how, to some extent, he does portray the love which blossoms here, though not as much as Juan's later relationship with Haide´┐Ż, 'unconsciously she leaned upon [Juan]...' So, Byron shows us that Julia is aware of the wrongness of her impending deed, but he does not condemn her. Indeed it could be argued that Byron presents her infidelity as sweet and innocent in itself.

    • Word count: 854
  6. How far are current interpretations of Newstead accurate reflections of what it may have been like in 1871?

    The famous skull cup has been reproduced. Mrs Webb can be blamed for a lot of the original hype around Byron because she was a fanatic. She insisted on burying the skull cup in the grounds of the Abbey, she collected his memorabilia and sold her house on the fact that Byron lived there. The Library is full of Byron artefacts, including paintings of him, his books and even a lock of his hair, these have been put there by the Nottingham City Council, attempting to attract even more custom by making out that Byron was the soul founder of Newstead and that it was this wonderful and opulent when he was there.

    • Word count: 628
  7. Compare and contrast the declaration of admiration by Lord Byron ‘She Walks in Beauty’ and the declaration of love by John Clare ‘First Love’

    Clare was married and had several children. Clare spent his last 23 years in an asylum. His poetry is mostly about natural scenery and country life. He is the only poet who shows through his poetry how sensitive the English countryside is and the intimate experience of the English countryside. Byron's 'She Walks in Beauty' was written about his cousin's wife when he saw her in a black dress. He was fascinated by her so he wrote this poem for her. Byron's poem aims to show how he was amazed by the woman he describes.

    • Word count: 579

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