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Lord Byron

Romantic Poet Lord Byron

Full Name: George Gordon Byron
Profession: Romantic Poet

Nationality:
United Kingdom
British

Why Famous: Influential poet and leading figure in the English Romantic movement.

Famously called "mad, bad and dangerous to know".

Born: January 22, 1788
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: April 19, 1824 (aged 36)

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Married Life

  • 1815-01-02 Leading Romantic poet Lord Byron (27) marries Anne Isabella Milbanke (22) by special licence, at Seaham Hall in County Durham
  • 1816-04-16 Leading Romantic poet Lord Byron signs Deed of Separation dissolving his marriage with Lady Byron at her request after 1 year of marriage

Historical Events

  • 1810-05-03 English poet Lord Byron swims the Hellespont (modern day Dardanelles)
  • 1812-02-07 Poet Lord Byron (6th Baron Byron) makes his maiden speech in House of Lords
  • 1814-01-02 Lord Byron completes "The Corsair"
  • 1814-02-01 Lord Byron's "Corsair" sells 10,000 copies on day of publication
  • 1816-01-22 Lord Byron completes poems "Parisina" and "Siege of Corinth"
  • 1816-04-10 Samuel Taylor Coleridge recites his poem "Kubla Khan" to fellow poet Lord Byron, who persuades him to publish it
  • 1816-05-09 Lady Caroline Lamb publishes the Gothic novel "Glenarvon", a thinly disguised account of her affair with Lord Byron which also depicts her husband William Lamb
  • 1816-10-15 Lord Byron views the love letters of Lucrezia Borgia and poet Pietro Bembo in Milan and declares them "the prettiest love letters in the world"
  • 1818-01-02 Lord Byron completes "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" (4th canto)
  • 1824-05-17 The diaries of Lord Byron are burnt by six of the poet's friends at the office of John Murray in London, sometimes described as “the greatest crime in literary history”
  • 1972-04-20 Virgil Thomson's final opera, "Lord Byron", with libretto by Jack Larson, first performance at Lincoln Center, New York City

Quotes by Lord Byron

  • "Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves."


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