And thus the heart…

And thus the heart will break, yet brokenly live on.
– George Gordon Byron


in London, England, The United Kingdom
January 22, 1788

April 19, 1824



George Gordon Byron (aka Lord Byron), later Noel, 6th Baron Byron of Rochdale FRS was a British poet and a leading figure in Romanticism. Amongst Byron’s best-known works are the brief poems She Walks in Beauty, When We Two Parted, and So, we’ll go no more a roving, in addition to the narrative poems Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage and Don Juan. He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential, both in the English-speaking world and beyond.

Byron’s notabilty rests not only on his writings but also on his life, which featured upper-class living, numerous love affairs, debts, and separation. He was notably described by Lady Caroline Lamb as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know”. Byron served as a regional leader of Italy’s revolutionary organization, the Carbonari, in its struggle against Austria. He later travelled to fight against the Ottoman Empire in the Greek War of Independence, for which Greeks revere him as a national hero. He died from a fever contracted while in Messolonghi in Greece.(less)


11 thoughts on “And thus the heart…

  1. ‘April 19, 1824: British poet Lord Byron lived a brief, brilliant, and debauched lifeโ€”he died while fighting in the Greek War of Independence, 189 years ago today.’
    – Goodreads

  2. Lady caroline may have described him as mad, But he died a hero and that is quite something still eh? ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I guess it’s still true today that an element of debauchery heightens fame. This Lady Caroline sounds interesting herself.

    • ‘From March to August 1812, Lady Caroline embarked on a well-publicized affair with Lord Byron. He was 24 and she 26. She had spurned the attention of the poet on their first meeting, subsequently giving Byron what became his lasting epitaph when she described him as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.” His response was to pursue her passionately.
      Lady Caroline and Lord Byron publicly decried each other as they privately pledged their love over the following months. Byron referred to Lamb by the hypocorism “Caro”, which she adopted as her public nickname. After Byron broke things off, her husband took the disgraced and desolate Lady Caroline to Ireland. The distance did not cool Lady Caroline’s interest in the poet; she and Byron corresponded constantly during her exile. When Lady Caroline returned to London in 1813; however, Byron made it clear he had no intention of re-starting their relationship. This spurred what could be characterized as the first recorded case of celebrity stalking as she made increasingly public attempts to reunite with her former lover.
      Lady Caroline’s obsession with Byron would define much of her later life and as well as influence both her and Byron’s works. They would write poems in the style of each other, about each other, and even embed overt messages to one another in their verse. After a thwarted visit to Byron’s home, Lady Caroline wrote “Remember Me!” into the flyleaf of one of Byron’s books. He responded with the hate poem; “Remember thee! Remember thee!; Till Lethe quench lifeโ€™s burning stream; Remorse and shame shall cling to thee, And haunt thee like a feverish dream! Remember thee! Ay, doubt it not. Thy husband too shall think of thee! By neither shalt thou be forgot, Thou false to him, thou fiend to me!” ‘
      – Wikipedia

  4. When I was living in Italy my favorite place was Lerici near La Spezia. The golf of La Spezia is also known as the Golf of Poets. One place that is well-known is the “Grotta dell’Arpaia (now collapsed) of Portovenere, known as Byron’s Grotto, from which the English poet Byron swam across the gulf of La Spezia to San Terenzo to visit Shelley in Lerici. It is said that in this Grotta Byron drew inspiration and meditation for his literary works.” – Wikipedia

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