The Life and Times of Lord Byron.

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The Life and Times of Lord Byron

        Lord George Gordon Byron was infamous for his odd personality as for his poetry. Lord Byron is accredited for the concept of the “Byronic hero,’ a defiant, melancholy young man, brooding on some mysterious, unforgivable event from his past. Byron’s influence on European poetry, music, novel, opera, and painting has been immense, although he was widely condemned morally by his contemporaries.

        George Gordon, Lord Byron, was born in London on January 22, 1788 to parents

Captain John Byron and Catherine Gordon (George Gordan, Lord Byron 1).

 Beginning at age two, Lord Byron’s father was absent from his life, returning only to beg for the money he squandered from his wife Catherine (George Gordan, Lord Byron 1). Born with a clubbed foot, Lord Byron spent the first ten years of his life with his mother in Aberdeen (George Gordan, Lord Byron 1). At the age of ten, George Byron inherited the title and estates of his deceased uncle(George Gordan, Lord Byron 1). Byron and his mother traveled to England, where they moved into their new estate at the grounds of Newstead, Abbey. 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).

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        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. However, Byron pursued his poetry and returned to Trinity. It was here that Lord Byron formed a close friendship with John Cam Hobhouse, who inspired his interest in liberal Whiggism. In 1809, Lord Byron was seated in the House of the Lords and published an anonymous satire called English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (Lord Byron 7). Alongside John Hobhouse, Lord Byron embarked on a grand tour visiting Spain, Malta, Albania, Greece, and the ...

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