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Lord Byron
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24 Nov 2005 Penguin Classics
Described as 'Mad, bad and dangerous to know' by one of his lovers, Lady Caroline Lamb, Lord Byron was the quintessential Romantic. Flamboyant, charismatic and brilliant, he remains almost as notorious for his life - as a political revolutionary, sexual adventurer and traveller - as he does for his literary work. Yet he produced some of the most daring and exuberant poetry of the Romantic age, from 'To Caroline' and 'To Woman' to the satirical English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, his exotic Eastern tales and the colourful narrative of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, the work that made him famous overnight and gave birth to the idea of the brooding Byronic hero.

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  • Paperback: 880 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Ed. with intro. and updated further reading edition (24 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140424504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140424508
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lord Byron (1788-1824) - Byron (of Rochdale), George (Gordon), 6th Baron. The most notorious Romantic poet and satirist. He was among the most famous of the English 'Romantic' poets; his contemporaries included Percy Shelley and John Keats. He was also a satirist whose poetry and personality captured the imagination of Europe. His major works include Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1812-18) and Don Juan (1819-24). He died of fever and exposure while engaged in the Greek struggle for independence.

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When, to their airy hall, my fathers' voice Shall call my spirit, joyful in their choice; When, pois'd upon the gale, my form shall ride, Or, dark in mist, descend the mountain's side: Oh! may my shade behold no sculptur'd urns To mark the spot where earth to earth returns! No lengthen'd scroll, no praise-encumber'd stone; My epitaph shall be my name alone: If that with honour fail to crown my clay, Oh! may no other fame my deeds repay! That, only that, shall single out the spot; By that remember'd, or with that forgot. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dramatic poetry of the finest 29 July 2006
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
Byron has been a perennially fascinating personality since he lived, hence the number of biographies on him in print, but I wonder how many people have actually read his poetry?

This is a fine place to start. All the dramatic narratives are here: Childe Harolde's Pilgrimage, Mazeppa, The Giaour, Lara, The Bride of Abydos, The Corsair - as well as some of the famours lyrics such as 'So we'll go no more a roving'.

If you've never read Byron, then you might be surprised at the sheer narrative drive of these poems that keep you reading, even without the beautiful language. Always atmospheric (especially in the eastern tales) Byron for me has always been one of the poets with the strongest sense of musicality and rhythm in his writing.

Unfortunately the shorter poems and lyrics are in a separate volume, as is Don Juan, but this is a wonderful collection all the same whether you're familiar with Byron or not.

The Penguin volume has also been well-edited with notes, so it's great if you're studying Byron.

Altogether an excellent collection.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An absolute failure as a e-book 15 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Byron woluld turn turn in his grave could he see what the Kindle edition of this book is like. No table of contents, takes ages to turn a page , if you want your Kindle to freeze, use this edition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful for study 30 Jan 2014
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There are other selections available, but this edition offers selections that are not found in some others. The text is clear which makes for comfortable reading over long periods.
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I had been looking for a book comprising all of Byron's poetry and could not find one which contained all of his beautiful poems until i bought this one. This is a brilliant collection of all of his great poems, my favourite being, "She Walks in Beauty". It is a wonderful book to read and the poems will soon become firm favourites with those who haven't read Lord Byron's poems before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best paperback edition of Byron available 2 Dec 2002
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This is quite simply the best edition of Byron's poems available. It contains every poem by the noble Lord which you could possibly want, with helpful notes throughout. Makes an excellent present.
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