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Lord Byron

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Julia Schroder

on 5 March 2014

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Transcript of Lord Byron

George Gordan was born on January 22nd, 1788 in Aberdeen Scotland.

Grew up in poverty and was self-conscience because of his club foot
- Often made fun of and had to undergo painful” treatments” to correct it

At ten inherited his uncle’s title of Lord Byron

Early Life
Corrupted Youth
Attended Harrow, Trinity College, Cambridge

He avoided doing work in school

Became very popular and gained confidence after having treatments to correct his foot

Schizophrenic mother that was violent and harsh and sexually abusive nurse

At seven and twelve he had obsessive infatuations with female cousins

At fifteen he was infatuated with Mary Chaworth, who was betrothed and older than him. Byron later said that he overheard her talking to her maid, saying, "Do you think I could care anything for that lame boy?"

These traumatic events in Byron's childhood left him damaged and led to his scandalous behavior later in life.

Early Works and Travels

Published first volume of poetry, Hours of Idleness, in 1807

Got his master’s degree in 1809, then traveled throughout Portugal, Spain and the Near East

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When We Two Parted
When we two parted
In silence and tears,
Half broken-hearted
To sever for years,
Pale grew thy cheek cold,
Colder thy kiss;
Truly that hour foretold
Sorrow to this.

The dew of the morning
Sunk chill on my brow-
It felt like the warning
Of what I feel now.
Thy vows are all broken,
And light is thy fame:
I hear thy name spoken,
And share in its shame.
Poetic Devices
Repetition - "Silence and tears" is repeated in the 1st and last stanza.
Imagery - There is a lot of imagery of coldness "Pale grew thy cheek and cold/ colder thy kiss."
Personification - There is personification in, "That thy heart could forget..."
Rhyme Scheme - ABABCDCD
Metaphor - The narrator compares the woman to a knell. "They name thee before me,/a knell to mine ear."

Works Cited
“George Gordon, Lord Byron, is born.” 2014. The History Channel website. Feb 28 2014, 9:33 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/george-gordon-lord-byron-is-born.

Allison Lockwood. "Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know." 1989: British Heritage. Print.
A Scandalous Life

In 1815 he married Anna Isabella Milbanke and had a daughter, August Ada

Anna divorced Lord Byron then there was scandal with him and his half-sister, Augusta Leigh (had a daughter, probably with Byron)

Moved to Geneva, had a daughter with Mary Shelley’s half-sister Claire Clairemont, had a daughter named Allegra

Moved to Venice after affair with Claire Clairmont

Became known as "Mad, bad and dangerous to know"
"When We Two Parted" is a poem about Byron's grief and sadness over ending a secret relationship with an unnamed woman.
In the 1st stanza, Byron recalls the memory of them parting.
In the 2nd stanza, the narrator tells us how depressed and heart broken he is.
In the 3rd stanza, the narrator reveals that their relationship was kept a secret and wonders why it is so hard to move on.
In the 4th stanza, the narrator repeats that they had a secret relationship and if they saw each other again, he would meet her with "silence and tears".
Speaker and Tone
The speaker of the poem is most likely Byron
The tone is sad and gloomy.
The narrator is expressing his despair over parting with someone he loved.
Theme and Romantic Characteristics
The theme of the poem is loss or forbidden love.
The narrator struggles to move on from the woman and repeats how they only met in secret and how no one knew about them.
Emotion - The narrator is very emotional when talking about his ex-lover.
Symbolism - Byron symbolizes the feeling of despair by repeating the imagery of coldness
Individualism - The poem is only about the narrator's feelings.
They name thee before me,
A knell to mine ear;
A shudder comes o'er me-
Why wert thou so dear?
They know not I knew thee,
Who knew thee too well:
Long, long shall I rue thee,
Too deeply to tell.

In secret we met-
In silence I grieve,
That thy heart could forget,
Thy spirit deceive.
If I should meet thee
After long years,
How should I greet thee?
With silence and tears.
When we two parted
In silence and tears,
With my broken heart
To grow apart for years,
Your cheek grew pale and cold,
Your kiss was colder;
That hour precisely warned
That sorrow was to come.

The morning dew
chilled my brow-
It felt like a warning
of how depressed I feel now.
All your vows are broken,
Your fame is light:
I hear your name frequently,
And feel ashamed.

I hear your name often,
A burden to my ears;
A shudder comes over me-
Why were you so dear to me?
They didn't know that I knew you,
Not even the people closest to you:
I shall regret you for a long time,
Too deeply to tell.

We met in secret-
I grieve in silence,
How can you forget,
You deceive so easily.
If I should meet you
Years later,
How should I greet you?
With silence and tears.
Later Life
Supported the Greek war for independence

Joined the cause in Greece, trained troops in Missolonghi

Died after his 36th birthday

Dramatic Reading
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