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Lord Byron

Romantic Poet Lord Byron

Full Name: George Gordon Byron
Profession: Romantic Poet

United Kingdom

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

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 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”

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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