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Transcript of Lord Byron
Lord Byron's most famous poems include Don Juan, She Walks In Beauty, When We Two Parted, and The Destruction of Sennacherib.
Many of his subjects were lovers. For example, Lady Frances Wedderburn Webster was the subject in When We Two Parted.She Walks In Beauty is about his half-sister, Augusta Leigh.
Byron's father,John Byron, left him to be raised by only his mother from the age of 3
In his will, he stated that his three-year-old son would be financially responsible for all of his debts
In 1798, Byron's uncle died, which is when he acquired the "Lord" in his title at only 10 years old
His mother died in 1811, which led him into a short period of depression
After being married for less than a year, his wife, Isabella left him in 1816 and took their daughter, Ada Lovelace, with her
His illegitimate daughter, Clara Allegra, died of fever at age 5 while staying in a convent
1799- Falls in love with his cousin, Margaret Parker
1803- He falls deeply in love with Mary Chaworth, his distant cousin and neighbor
1808- He meets John Edleston, a choir boy two years his junior
1808- He has a child with a maid at Newstead Abbey, his childhood home
1809- During his visit in Greece, he meets three daughters of a widow, his favorite the 12-year-old Theresa
1811- He met the eccentric Lady Caroline Lamb, who labeled him "Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know"
1813- Had an affair with his married half sister Augusta Leigh, who already had three children of her own
1814- Augusta gives birth to Elizabeth Medora Leigh, who believed she was Byron's daughter but was never been claimed by him
1815- Married Anne Isabella Milbanke, with whom he had Augusta Ada Lovelace
"Lord Byron." Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2015. Web. 23 Feb. 2015.
Born in London, in 1788 as George Gordon Noel Byron
Father, Captain John "Mad Jack" Byron, abandoned his son and wife to run off to Paris with his lover
Mother, Catherine Gordon, was schizophrenic and had frequent and dangerous mood swings
Nurse sexually abused him as child
Had first sexual encounters at age 12 when he began schooling at Harrow
Begins education at Aberdeen Grammar School in 1799
Attended Harrow School in London
Sporadically attended Trinity College between 1805 and 1808
He was interested in Liberal Politics and joined the Cambridge Whig Club in June of 1807
"She Walks in Beauty." Poetry for Students: Presenting Analysis, Context and Criticism on Commonly Studied Poetry. Ed. Anne Marie. Hacht. Vol. 14. New York: Gale Research, 2002. 267-81. Print.
George Gordon Byron, also known as Lord Byron, was one of the most well-known British Romantic poets of the early 19th century.
As well as being known for his many works, which range from satire to love poems, Lord Byron was an image of eroticism and flamboyancy.
"Lord George Gordon Byron." - Biography and Works. Search Texts, Read Online. Discuss. Jalic Inc., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2015.
When We Two Parted
Lewis, Anthony. "Lord Byron; The Life of George Noel Gordon." Lord Byron; The Life of George Noel Gordon - Facts & Information. Englishhistory.net, n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2015.
When We Two Parted Cont.
• Lord Byron is the speaker, talking of his secret love affair.
• Very somber, regretful. Hints of death.
• Almost cautionary, warning readers to not be involved in relationships surrounded by drama.
• Line 9: reference to nature. The whole poem shows crippling sadness. Shows his personal experience with a former lover.
Relationships Part 2
1816- Anne Isabella leaves him within a year of their marriage due to his alcoholism and rumors of his bisexual and incestual ways
1816- He meets Claire Clairmont, half sister of Mary Shelley
1817- Claire gives birth to Clara Allegra Byron
1817- He meets married 19-year-old countess Teresa Guiccioli. The two are very compatible and get along extremely well
1820- Moves into the Guiccioli palace with Teresa, her husband, and Byron's own daughter, Allegra
Byron arrived in Messolonghi, Greece, in January of 1824 with the hopes of doing something bigger and become helpful to one of his favorite countries, Greece. During this time, Greece was fighting for independence from Turkey. Byron could only work as a supply manager and nothing more. In April of the same year, he came down with a dangerous fever. Doctors attempted to save him by bleeding him out with the use of leeches, which only worsened his state. He died ten days later on April 19, 1824.