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George Gordon

Poet of the Victorian Age
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Rylan Desjardins

on 12 April 2011

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George "Lord Byron" Gordon Born on January 22, 1788
in London, England. Mother's name was Catherine Gordon Father's name
was John Byron Taken by his mother
to live in Aberdeen, Scotland Rumored that his nurse
May Gray, abused him
when he was 9 years old. shaped his attitudes
towards women. Age 10, inherited his great-uncles
title of "Lord Byron" along with
his estates back in England. Given to the Byron
family by King Henry VIII EDUCATION Aberdeen Grammar School
(1793) Harrow School
(1801) Trinity College
(1805) Died in France. (1791)
Possible suicide. His experience at this school began
his experimental bisexual love affairs.
Fell in love with his distant cousin
Mary Chaworth, who rejected him. Wrote the poem
"To Emma" for his cousin Since now the hour is come at last,
When you must quit your anxious lover;
Since now our dream of bliss is past,
One pang, my girl, and all is over.

Alas! that pang will be severe,
Which bids us part to meet no more;
Which tears me far from one so dear,
Departing for a distant shore.

Well! we have pass'd some happy hours,
And joy will mingle with our tears;
When thinking on these ancient towers,
We shelter of our infant years;

Where from this Gothic casement's height,
We view's the lake, the park, the dell,
And still, though tears obstruct our sight,
We lingering look a last farewell,

O'er fields through which we used to run,
And spend the hours in childish play;
O'er shades where, when our race was done,
Reposing on my breast you lay;

Whilst I, admiring, too remiss,
Forgot to scare the hovering flies,
Yet envied every fly the kiss
It dared to give your slumbering eyes:

See still the little painted bark,
In which I row'd you o'er the lake;
See there, high waving o'er the park,
The elm I clamber'd for your sake.

These times are past — our joys are gone,
You leave me, leave this happy vale;
These scenes I must retrace alone:
Without thee what will they avail?

Who can conceive, who has not proved,
The anguish of a last embrace?
When, torn from all you fondly loved,
You bid a long adieu to peace.

This is the deepest of our woes,
For this these tears our cheeks bedew;
This is of love the final close,
Oh, God! the fondest, last adieu!


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.

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.

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! learned how to deal with the taunts
because of his clubbed foot giving him
a physical deformity Learned Latin and Greek to make him
a classical scholar, and made friends with
people alike and people that were superior
to him. George Gordon was among the most
famous of the Romantic Poets whose
poetry and personality captured all of
Europe's imagination. In his life and personal experiences,
he was able to portray his thoughts and
imagination through his poetry. Early life and education shaped
Gordon into the poet he became.
He used his wide imagination, his energetic self, and his enthusiasm towards poetry to make him the successful poet he was and still is today. January (1809) took seat in
House of Lords where he published
a satire "English Bards and Scotch Reviewers",
and left for a grand tour.
Arrived back in London, England (1811)
and his mother died on August 1st before he
could see her at home in Newstead. Proposed to Anne Isabella Milbanke (1814).
-Marriage took place on January 2 (1815). "Princess of Parallelograms" She studied classical literature,
philospohy, science, and mathematics. Exiled? While married to his wife, Byron's half
sister Augusta Leigh came for a visit. Upset about current debts, irritated
because of his wife Anne, and intoxicated,
Gordon slept with his half-sister Augusta. Gordon's wife gave birth to their daughter
Augusta Ada, named after his half-sister on
December 10. (1816). January, she left with their daughter
and never returned due to the truthful
rumours regarding Gordon and his
half-sister. When his wife left him, he signed the
legal separation papers and left England,
never to return again. April, 1918 Gordon met Countess
Teresa Guicciolo of Italy. In a couple of days, Gordon fell in love
with the already married 19 year old Countess He followed her to Ravenna and later that summer
she went with him to Venice to stay until her husband
would call for her. Influence? He returned to Ravenna on January
(1820) as Teresa's "gentleman-in-waiting". Her father and brother accepted Gordon
into the Secret Revolutionary Society of
the Carbonari. This brought him closer
to Italian life then he had ever been before. George Gordon grew up without a father.
His mom took him to live with her in Aberdeen, One of the happiest and most productive
periods of his life. The poem is written in standard iambic tetrameter with alternating rhymes. There is a new set in each stanza. London Greek Committee contacted Byron
to become an agent to help the Greek war
for independance from the "Turks".
He accepted the offer. Enthusiam Energy Imagination Greek Army July 16, Byron left Ganoa, Greece on
a ship and arrived in the Ionian Island
of Cephalonia on August 2. Spent 4000 pounds of his own to
help prepare the Greek army for service
and then sailed for Missolonghi on
December 29. During the time spent with the army,
Byron became friends with Loukas
Chalandritsanos. (A page he brought from Cephalonia) He also suffered after the loss of his good friend Loukas, to whom he dedicated his final poems. February 15, 1824 Byron fell ill.
-two epiliectic seizures in the span
of two nights. Byron, still weak from his sickness was caught out
in the rain. He continued to carry out his responsibility
for the army and seemed to be making a full recovery.
Again, he was caught in a rainstorm but did not hurry
to keep warm. Byron got a violent cold and began internal bleeding
due to his previous seizures. The cold grew worse and
he eventually slipped into a coma. April 19 1824, George "Lord Byron" Gordon passed away. Lawrence A. Mamiya said that "Lord Byrons writing was more patently autobiographic than his fellow self-revealing romantics." She walks in beauty was not one of Lord Byrons most famous poems. The poem is a portrale of a beautiful woman and how she is perfect to him. Rosemary Canfield states that she feels "the poem is very predictable and that there are no lilting anapestic variations that are so present in much of his other work." (Canfield, par 5) Byron wrote this poem in a very structured way giving more of a neoclassical sense than a Romantic which Byron was. "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." This stanza shows how Lord Byron compared the woman to a cloudless starry sky, because of her beauty. Comparing her beauty to the peaceful night instead of the beauty of the garish day. Rosemary Canfield said that "he is comparing her to a specific kind of night. One that has no risk of a storm and no clouds to produce a shower."(Candfield, par 2) Showing the womens innocence. "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." Lord Byron, in this stanza is saying that the true secret to the womans beauty is the perfect combination of "dark and bright". Meaning that if there is just enough light and just enough darkness, than the woman looks perfect. Rosemary Canfield backs up this by saying " either more or less light, he insists, would have atleast to some degree "impair'd" her "grace"."(Canfield, par 3) "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" This is the final stanza where Byron summarizes what he has said about the woman. How her good deeds and that she has no hate for anyone, will over shadow that she is not the most beautiful women. "Byron sums up what he surmises: that the lady spend much of her time doing good deeds, that her" mind" harbours no animosity toward anyone, and that when love enters her heart, it is an "innocent" emotion. Byron’s description of a dark-haired lady thus becomes much more: It is also his definition of the ideal woman."(Canfield, par 4) Rosemary Canfield said that "the masculine line endings and the use of end-stopped lines, alternating with lines which necessitate a pause recall the neoclassical heroic couplet." (Canfield, par 5) Devices Rosemary Canfield back this up by saying " The poem is also interesting in the degree to which it is dominated by a single similie. Although after the first stanza the poet abandons explicit references of night, throughout the poem he emphasizes the idea of perfect balance." "She walks in beauty, like the night" Poem To Poet Beautiful woman The woman was Byrons cousin who he had not yet met. Poem included in the volume Hebrew Melodies. Rosemary Canfield states that Byrons friend suggested that he and a young compser, Issac Nathan collaborate to produce a volume of songs. Woman in poem very unusual for Byron "The woman he potrays in the poem has the neoclassical virtues of reason, moderation, and self control . This was unlike Byron as he followed Romantic ways of living. Showing rebellion as proof of intellectual independence. Also passion as an indication that one is truly alive." (Rosemary Canfield, par 13) WORKS CITED: WORK Reisman, Rosemary M. Canfield. "She Walks in
Beauty." Masterplots II: Poetry, Revised Edition (2002): 1-3.
Literary Reference Center. EBSCO. Web. 6 Apr. 2011.
Lawrence A., Mamiya. "Byron, George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron." Britannica Biographies (2010): 1. Canadian Reference Centre. EBSCO. Web. 6 Apr. 2011.

"Wheaties.us." Wheaties.us - Andy and Natasha Wheatley. Web. 06 Apr. 2011. <http://wheaties.us/blog/2009/11/starry-skies/>.
"EnTourage EDGe™ Store - Hebrew Melodies." EnTourage EDGe™ Store - Home. Web. 06 Apr. 2011. <http://www.entourageedge.com/e-books/poetry/hebrew-melodies.html>.
Legacy LEGACY Literary devices
First line simile
Beauty with cloudless
starry night
symbolizes her
innocence Juxtaposition:
her eyes are dark and
bright rays and shade
dark beauty stands
for her personality personification
smiles that win Zac Brown band Whatever it is eyes are a common theme
in a greater sense of love second verse
talking about being a
one night stand kind
of guy walking conclusion many different bands
that talk about this It was because of George Gordon's
enthusiam, energy and imagination
that made him one of the most famous
English Romatic poets of all time.
"Byron, George Gordon Biography - S9.com." Biographical Dictionary - S9.com. Web. 06 Apr. 2011. <http://www.s9.com/Biography/Byron-George-Gordon-Lord>.

"An Eccentric Rarefied Genius? Or Half-Mad Lord: A Life Of Lord Byron." The Esoteric Curiosa. Web. 06 Apr. 2011. <http://theesotericcuriosa.blogspot.com/2010/09/eccentric-rarefied-genius-or-half-mad.html>.

"The Life and Work of Lord Byron (1788-1824)." EnglishHistory.net. Web. 06 Apr. 2011. <http://englishhistory.net/byron/>.

"The Life of George Noel Gordon, Lord Byron." EnglishHistory.net. Web. 06 Apr. 2011. <http://englishhistory.net/byron/life.html>.

"Lord George Gordon Byron - Books, Biography, Quotes - Read Print." Online Books, Poems, Short Stories - Read Print Library. Web. 06 Apr. 2011. <http://www.readprint.com/author-15/Lord-George-Gordon-Byron-books#anchor_biography>. WORKS CITED: LIFE This is a simile using like or as to compare her beauty to the night. "Of cloudless climes and starry skies" This can be taken as both imagery and metaphor beacause the clear night sky is symbolizing her true beauty. At the same time creating a better image in the readers head of how beautiful she really is. In conclusion Lord Byron is giving the reader the potrale of this ideal woman he has seen. She may not have been the most beautiful womn in the world but to him with the right amount of both inner and outter beauty, this woman is perfect to him.
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