Biography: Lord Byron

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Lord Byron, formerly known as George Gordon Noel Byron before inheriting his title, was the most fashionable poet in the early 1800s, decorated for his emphasis on romanticism (“Lord Byron (George Gordon)”). His “fame as a poet and his notoriety as a man were one; the scandals of his life – whoring, marriage, adultery, incest, sodomy – became the text or subtext of his poems” (Eisler 4). Byron was born January 22, 1788 in London (“George Gordon Byron”), to parents Captain John Byron and Catherine Gordon (“Lord George Gordon Byron”). The poet died on April 19, 1824, at age thirty-six, of a high fever in Missolonghi, Greece. This was during the Greeks conflict with the Ottoman, in which he sailed to Greece to aid in (“Lord Byron (George Gordon)”). Overall, Byron lived a flamboyant, yet short life, considering the obstacles in his early life, the development of his exceeded career, his personal affairs, up to his late life and sudden death. After all his life pursuits, Byron even managed a flourished career after death. Byron was faced with insecurity, self-pertained obstacles, and in addition, given high authority at a young age, during his toddler to teen years. Before he was even born, he lost his father. Captain John Byron, often referred to as John “Mad Jack” Byron, was in childhood, a depressed debauchee, whose background in poverty made him bitter and greedy (Jeaffreson 31). Captain Byron was in a hurry to abandon his family after he had achieved his goals of consuming all of his wife’s inheritance. Before the birth of his son was to occur, he fled to France. However, he died in 1791, when Byron was three, and Byron was forced to grow up in a single parent household, without a father figure (“Lord Byron” 269). In 1... ... middle of paper ... ...(“Lord Byron (George Gordon)”). Works Cited Eisler, Benita. Byron: Child of Passion, Fool of Fame. New York: Vintage Books, 1999. 4-6. Print. Jeaffreson, John C. The Real Lord Byron, New Views of the Poet's Life. Vol. 1. London: Hurstand Blacklett, 1883. Print. "George Gordon Byron." Poets.org. Academy of American Poets, 2014. Web. 21 Jan. 2014. . "Lord Byron." Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of World Literature. 2009. 269-71. Print. “Lord Byron (George Gordon).” Poetry Foundation. Harriet Monroe Poetry Institute, 2014. Web. 28 Jan. 2014. . "Lord George Gordon Byron." The Literature Network. Literature Network, 2013. Web. 22 Jan. 2014. . Shilstone, Frederick W. "Lord Byron." World Book Millenium 2000. 2nd ed. 2000. 748. Print.

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