"My beautiful, my own My only Venice - this is breath! Thy breeze Thine Adrian sea-breeze, how it fans my face! Thy very winds feel native to my veins, And cool them into calmness!" – Byron, ‘The Two Foscari’
The great English Romantic poet, George Gordon Noel Byron (or Lord Byron) was born in London. As popular a figure as he was, his poetry seized the heart and imagination of Europe. Lord Byron gave literature a new “Byronic hero” – a rebellious youth who dwells on an unforgivable incident in the past. It was not until Byron wrote his poetic travelogue, ‘Childe Harold's Pilgrimage’ (1812 – 18), a collection of verses on his travels across Europe, that he experienced true success and appreciation. Throughout his career, he published many pieces of poetry that include ‘The First Kiss of Love’ (1806), ‘The Giaour’ (1813), ‘The Corsair’ (1814), ‘She Walks in Beauty’ (1814), ‘Prometheus’ (1816), ‘Manfred’ (1817), ‘Beppo’ (1818) and ‘Cain’ (1821). However, his magnum opus is considered to be a narrative poem entitled ‘Don Juan’ (1819 – 24).
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