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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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on 15 November 2011
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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on 30 January 2014
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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on 5 February 2004
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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on 2 December 2002
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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