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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks; Reissue edition (13 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199538786
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199538782
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 2 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Jerome J. McGann is John Stewart Byran Professor of English at the University of Virginia.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt Hawkes on 24 Jun. 2014
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First my complaint - the copy I received was badly printed. One forgets that ink needs to be applied to paper in paperback books, and it is unfortunate that 3 or 4 poems are disrupted by incomplete verses. I was surprised at this poor quality from Oxford University Press.
However, the poems themselves, with a modest introduction, do a fair service to the rare talent that was Lord Byron. There are aphorisms that sparkle like jewels on a green baize mixed with philosophical musings that entwine his autobiographical confessions. To quote:" "But words are things, and a small drop of ink,/ Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces/ That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think;"
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A Portal Poet 18 July 2002
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George Gordon (Lord Byron) should be at the top of every eighteen-year-old schoolboy's list. He certainly was mine. If any human being ever summed up better what it was to be a misfit, romantic, self-centered spirit, I would give money to that individual gladly, as well as an eternal endowment. Having come across "Childe Harold," as well as "Childe Harold Revisited," and the supremely Promethean, Miltonic, "Manfred," at that tender age, I felt myself the principal target of Byron's message. With a healthy dose of Ayn Rand and Aldous Huxley to back me up, all I needed was Manfred's craggy peaks to provide the dramatic backdrop for my Napoleonic, Nietzschean ruminations. Throw in a bit of Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman and Carlyle, and you have the perfect romantic in embryo, which I was at that age and which I believe is a healthy larval stage for any human spiritual entity at that stage, be it either male or female. Add a dash of Melville, any Bronte you choose and a touch of the Baghavad Gita, the Upanishads, the I-Ching, the book of Tao, and you have a convert to esoteric, at times misguidedly solipsistic, hippy philosophy. That was me.
So if you are seventeen or eighteen, don't overlook the romantics who are the necessary guides to our enlightenment at that impressionable age. I in no manner mean this disparigingly, as I now consider myself at least semi-enlightened, if only in the strictest, literary sense. Follow Keats, Shelley, Byron, Blake, Wordsworth, Goethe, Schiller, Carlyle, Melville, and Emerson to the ends of the earth. They shall take you there and beyond.
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