Poets, English

The Memoirs of Lord Byron

Author: Robert Nye



Category: Poets, English

Page: 215

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Byron's manuscripted memoirs were destroyed - possibly because they contained revelations of his varied sexual proclivities. This novel aims to bring to life the man condemned as mad, bad and dangerous to know. The author won the Hawthornden Prize and The Guardian Fiction Prize for Falstaff.

An Historical and Critical Memoir of the Life and Writings of the Right Honorable Lord Byron; With Anecdotes of Some of His Contemporaries

Author: John Watkins

Publisher: General Books LLC



Page: 182

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1822 edition. Excerpt: ... intend this ode as a burlesque, for the purpose of ridiculing some of his brother poets. If this was not the case, Lord Byron degraded himself when he penned the following lines, in which he compares Napoleon to Milo the Crotonian, wedged fast in the cleft of the tree, rent asunder by his own hands: " He who of old would rend the oak, Dream'd not of the rebound; Chained by the trunk he vainly broke Alone--how look'd he round?" Simple and childish as this appears, it is outdone in absurdity by the allusion to Nebuchadnezzar; " Unless, like he of Babylon, All sense is with thy sceptre gone; life will not long confine That spirit pour'd so widely forth, So long obey'd--so little worth!" 214 Ode To Napoleon. It seems hardly possible to carry the " art of sinking" below all this; and yet there is another verse which, for Sternholdian sense and beauty, may compete with any thing in the records of church-yard poetry: " Weigh'd in the balance, hero dust Is vile as vulgar clay; Thy scales, Mortality, are just To all that pass away!" CHAPTER X. Marriage of Lord Byron.--Character of the Hebrew Melodies.--Observations on Devotional Poetry.--Publication 6f the Siege of Corinth and Parmna.--Criticisms on those Poems. WHEN Lord Byron professed his intention of hanging up his harp for some years, he perhaps thought that marriage afforded as legitimate an excuse for withdrawing from the service of the Muses, as it formerly did from that of the tented field. Let this be as it may, the union which he contemplated, when he made that declaration, took place on the 2nd of January, 1815, at Seham, in Durham, with the only daughter of Sir Ralph Milbank Noel, baronet, of that place. But the vows of poets are like those of lovers; and our noble author, could not...

Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Bart

Author: John Gibson Lockhart

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Category: History

Page: 426

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This celebrated seven-volume biography (1837-8) draws on personal accounts of Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), correspondence and autobiographical sketches.