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George Byron

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on 3 March 2014

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Transcript of George Byron

Lord George Byron (1788-1824)
Fun Facts about George
He was born with a clubbed foot
His father died at the same age as him (36)
He drank from human skulls (Hamlet?!)
By age 21 he had contracted gonorrhea and syphilis
He had a daughter with his half sister Augusta
He later married a woman and their daughter was named Augusta
His works include:
Fugitive Pieces
, "When We Two Parted," "She Walks in Beauty," "So We’ll Go No More Roving," "Manfred," and "Don Juan"
She Walks in Beauty (1814)
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

Discussion Questions
How do you think this poem may be similar to most of Byron’s love affairs?

What about this poem is much like the Romantic Era and how does it display the ideas of that era?

How can this poem be related to modern society?

She is beautiful like the night sky
Of a clear and bright night
Both good and dark
Meet in her eyes
The stars outshine her in the night
But the day disagrees

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
If you add anything more to her, she becomes less
This would ruin her beauty, so don’t define her
With her black soft silky hair
Or her pale face that shows through
Her face expresses her sweet thoughts
How innocent, how unique her face suggests

And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!
With her cheek and her brow (forehead)
She becomes sweet, and leveled, yet powerful,
Her smile beats all, her blush glows bright,
Of the days she has spent doing good,
She is at peace, above all others
With a heart of innocent love. (Pure, non-sexual)
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