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1 Lord Byron George Gordon By: Vanessa Soares Tammy Ura

2 Background Information He was born on January 22, 1788 to Captain John Byron and Catherine Gordon in Aberdeen, Scotland. He was born with a club foot, which embarrassed him a lot and made him shy throughout his life. When he was ten years old he inherited his great-uncle’s title and property; This was when he started getting into the social scene of London.

3 Background Information Because of his club foot he always tried to excel in everything he did. Throughout his life he eventually became a masterful swimmer, horse rider, boxer, cricket player, and fencer. After graduating from Cambridge University in his early adult years he started traveling the world. While traveling around Europe and Asia Minor, he worked his adventures into Poetry.

4 Poetry Influences One of his famous works written in 1807 was Hours of Idleness, which was composed of a collection of poems. This was his first collection of poetry, but it received very bad reviews from his peers. One of the more famous ones in the entire thing was called The First Kiss of Love. “ Away with your fictions of flimsy romance, Those tissues of falsehood which folly have wove! Give me the mild beam of the soul-breathing glance, Or the rapture which dwells on the first kiss of love.”

5 Poetry Influences After joining the House of Lord, he traveled more of Europe and Asia Minor, including Spain, Malta, Albania, Greece, and Aegean. During this time period was when he wrote his longest piece of poetry, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. This piece of work is what brought him his real poetic success in 1812. He published the poem on his return to England, from traveling. After this poem was published he became an overnight success, he felt as if it had happened overnight. “I awoke one morning and found myself famous”

6 Poetry Influences After his success with his poetry his book he published The Corsair, which sold 10,000 copies on its first day of publication After The Corsair was published many rumors arose about his scandalous affairs with other men and women. He exiled himself and fled to Geneva in Italy; he was only 28 at the time. During his stay in Italy he continued to travel and write many poems and different works.

7 Poetry Influences While in Rome he wrote Lament en Tasso, which was inspired by a man who was put in jail for being in love with the Duke Alfonso the Second’s sister. He also wrote a couple satires called Mazeppa and Don Juan. During the end of his stay in Italy he realized his passion for drama. He wrote many drama’s that were held in high respect by his peers. Some of them include: The Two Foscari, Sardanapalaus, Cain, and one unfinished work called Heaven and Earth.

8 Poetry Influences After a very creative period of writing, Byron had come to realize that he had accomplished many things throughout his life. Soon after his 36 th birthday, Byron contracted and died of a fever. His flamboyant personality made him an esteemed figure in England and his support for the Greeks to gain independence made him a hero in Greece. He was one of the most important and notorious poets of the Romantic Era.

9 Quotes “What is the worst of woes that wait on age? What stamps the wrinkle deeper on the brow? To view each love one blotted from life's page, And be alone on earth as I am now.” (Childe Harold) “I am bound to furnish my antagonists with arguments, but not with comprehension.” (Don Juan) “But Words are things; and a small drop of ink, falling like dew, upon a thought, produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.” (Lord Byron, George Gordon) “Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” (Lord Byron, George Gordon) “No action of Lord Byron’s life scarce a line he has written, but was influenced about his personal defect.” (Mary Shelley)

10 Lord Byron, George Gordon Augusta Ada Byron (His first daughter) Annabella Millbanke Byron (Were married for a year then divorced)

11 Original Manuscript of Canto 7 of Don Juan The Tomb of George Gordon 6th Lord Byron English Poet The stone marking where Byron is buried at St Mary Magdelene Church in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire

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