Lord Byron

Romantic Poet Lord Byron Full Name: Lord Byron [George Gordon Byron]
Nationality:

British

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

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

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

Died: April 19, 1824 (aged 36)

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 in the Life of Lord Byron

  • 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 "Genarvon", thinly disguised account of her affair with Lord Byron, also depicting her husband William Lamb
  • 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”

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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