Lord Byron Biography

Lord Byron Biography

Lord Byron (1788 -1824) – A celebrated English Poet

A leading figure in Romanticism and prominent English poet, Lord Byron is known for his wonderful writings. His full name is George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron and later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron is regarded as one of the greatest British poets.

Born: January 22, 1788, London Borough of Harrow, London, United Kingdom
Died: April 19, 1824, Missolonghi, Greece
Full name: George Gordon Byron
Children: Ada Lovelace, Allegra Byron, Elizabeth Medora Leigh
Books: Don Juan, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, The Giaour

Birth Details

Son of Captain John ‘Mad Jack’ Byron and Catherine Gordon, George Byron was born on 22 January 1788 in London, England.

Personal Biography

Lord Byron’s life was destined from birth to tragedy because his father was very handsome but at the same time very feckless. George was a sensitive child from the very beginning. He also had a deformity as he was born with a club foot for which he got medical attention in his teens when this problem was rectified.

George inherited the title and estate of Newstead Abbey in Notinghamshire, England on 21st May, 1798 when he was just 10 years old. 

Lord Byron joined school of William Glennie, an Aberdonian in Dulwich in the year August 1799. His early formal education took place at Aberdeen Grammer School and in 1801 he was sent to Harrow. He remained in Harrow until July 1805 after which he went to Trinity College, Cambridge. 

Lord Byron was known for his string of affairs and scandals with both men and women. In 1815, Byron married Anna Isabella Milblanke at Seaham Hall, County Durham but later on separated. He later married Mary Godwin.

He died in 1824 after getting violently ill.

Career

After completing his education, Lord Byron stayed with his mother for few years where he got friendly with Elizabeth Pigot and her brother John. During this time he also acted in two plays and started developing interest in writing. ‘Fugitive pieces’ was his first volume of poetry that was published when he was 14 years of age. It was printed by Ridge of Newark. Another popular poem “To Mary” was written by him after some time. Next came “Pieces on various occasions”. “Hours of idleness” was released in 1807 which also included some of his previous works.

In 1809, Lord Byron wrote a satire ‘English Bards and Scotch Reviewers’. Byron traveled extensively and also took care of his seat in the House of Lords. In 1812, he published ‘Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage’ which he wrote during his journey for which he received critical acclaim and glory that was much awaited.

Short poems such as ‘Oriental Tales’, ‘The Corsair’, ‘The Giaour’, ‘Lara, a Tale’ and ‘The Bridge of Abydos’ also made him quite popular. He was identified as ‘Byron hero’.

He settled in Rome and there he wrote ‘Manfred’, ‘Cain’ and ‘The Deformed Transformed’. He wrote several dramas as well and ‘Marino Faliero’ was the most popular one. He also started a newspaper “The Liberal” in 1822.

Everlasting Influence

The re-foundation of the Byron Society in the year 1971 depicts the interest and attraction that numerous people have for Lord Byron and his work. Today total 36 Byron Societies are established worldwide, and an International Conference takes place on annual basis.

Byron implemented an ever-lasting impact on Continental literature and art, and his repute as a poet is much higher in several European countries rather than in Britain or America.

Quotes

“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.”
- Lord Byron

“And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in a masquerade”
- Lord Byron

“Friendship may, and often does, grow into love, but love never subsides into friendship.”
- Lord Byron

“I have great hopes that we shall love each other all our lives as much as if we had never married at all.”
- Lord Byron

“I only go out to get me a fresh appetite for being alone.”
- Lord Byron

“I stood / Among them, but not of them; in a shroud / Of thoughts which were not their thoughts.”
- Lord Byron

“If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad.”
- Lord Byron

“If I should meet thee After long years, How should I greet thee? - With silence and tears”
- Lord Byron

“In solitude, where we are least alone.”
- Lord Byron

“Joy's recollection is no longer joy, while sorrow's memory is sorrow still”
- Lord Byron

“Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company”
- Lord Byron

“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.”
- Lord Byron

“Man's love is of man's life a part; it is a woman's whole existence. In her first passion, a woman loves her lover, in all the others all she loves is love.”
- Lord Byron

“On with the dance! Let joy be unconfined”
- Lord Byron

“Pleasure's a sin, and sometimes Sin's a pleasure”
- Lord Byron

“Romances I never read like those I have seen.”
- Lord Byron

“Smiles form the channels of a future tear.”
- Lord Byron

“Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life.”
- Lord Byron

“The busy have no time for tears.”
- Lord Byron

“The heart will break, but broken live on.”
- Lord Byron

“There is no instinct like that of the heart.”
- Lord Byron

“There is something Pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything.”
- Lord Byron

“There's not a joy the world can give like that it takes away”
- Lord Byron

“Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.”
- Lord Byron

“Truth is a gem that is found at a great depth; whilst on the surface of this world, all things are weighed by the false scale of custom”
- Lord Byron

“Truth is always strange”
- Lord Byron

“What a strange thing man is; and what a stranger thing woman.”
- Lord Byron

“Who falls from all he knows of bliss, Cares little into what abyss”
- Lord Byron

“Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven!”
- Lord Byron


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