My first contact with the most knownsatanicalRomantic poet hasn t disappointed Lord Byron emerges in his poems as the immensely popular hero, defiant, melancholic, haunted by secret guilt, the eternal scandalous irreverent freethinker We are the fools of Time and Terror DaysSteal on us, and steal from us yet we live,Loathing our life, and dreading still to dieManfredAlthough this selection doesn t include his famousDon Juan , I have found plenty of passion and strong emotion in his stanzas, specially in Cain a Mystery , where he keeps defying not only religious convention, giving Lucifer a clergyman voiceSpeaking about Lucifer CAIN He is God.
ADAH How know st thou CAIN He speaks like A God.
ADAH So did the Serpent, and it lied.
but also unashamedly proclaiming his widely known extravagant views on relationships in, for example, making ADAH not only CAIN s sister but also his wife and lover.
Writer of metaphysical poems, like his famous Manfred, Byron rejects the Wordsworthian belief in the benevolence of Nature and insists on the independence and self sufficiency of the human mind, which doesn t bow to any supernatural authorityI have not been thy dupe nor am thy prey,But was my own destroyer, and will beMy own hereafter Back, ye baffled fiends The hand of death is on me but not yours At the same time though, I find a kind of paradox in Byron s style and the content of his poems His almost neoclassical order and formal discipline collide with his exulting ideas impregnated with vigorous thoughts of liberty and satirical criticism TyrannyIs far the worst of treasons Dost thou deemNone rebels except subjects The prince whoNeglects or violates his trust is A brigand than the robber chief.
The Two FoscariBut one thing in common in all his poems is this new figure of the Gothic Hero Villain full of pride, courage, and even noble virtues such as honor and altruism but also moody, remorseful, alienated and oppressed creatures, left to dwell in loneliness and incomprehension Difficult to tell whether Byron was absorbed into his own created characters or he projected his myriad experiences through them.
In any case, I find great appeal in this flawed new anti hero, sensing original motivations behind Byron s works Lacking the inhibitions of his contemporaries, he created verse that is exuberant, spontaneous, digressive and lucid, a celebration of an unadorned reality One can t help but admire him With all his debauchery and flaws.
You either love Byron or you hate him And it should probably come as no surprise that I absolutely adore him The original goth emo boy Man did it with style, though His life is fascinating, ridiculous, over the top Watching his journey through poetry is just amazing, watching how throughly his sorrows and his fantasy life consumes him Byron s fantasies are beautifully put down through his poetry It s a shame, but not a surprise, that those fantasies are what ultimately killed him.