Friday, 24 February 2012

Lord George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, a great British poet.

19th century plaster busts of Lord Byron.
Lord Byron was born 22 January 1788, and  died 19th April 1824.    He was a poet and leading figure in the Romantic movement, described by Lady Caroline Lamb as  ' mad, bad, and dangerous to know!'  He is now celebrated as one of the greatest British poets. An aristocrat, he had numerous love affairs and a life of excesses including huge debts. Byron spent his childhood in Aberdeenshire. Sadly, from birth he suffered  a deformity of his right foot so that he
 was afflicted with a limp that caused him much anguish. His famous poem Childe 
Harold's Pilgrimage was published in 1812, and Don Juan,  his magnum opus, (in 17 cantos), was published  from 1819. Byron was a bitter opponent of the removal of the Parthenon marbles by Lord Elgin. Lord Byron died in Greece from a fever at the age of 36 years.

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