Byron Bits 9: Virtuosic Rhyme

Why, I won­der, does Byron, whose intel­lec­tu­al curios­i­ty was enor­mous and who loved the opera, the the­atre, dra­ma — and dra­mat­ic indi­vid­u­als — make no ref­er­ence in his great­est poem to the musi­cal rev­o­lu­tion that…

Byron Bits 8: Juan & Older Women

She was not old, nor young, nor at the year­sWhich cer­tain peo­ple call a ‘cer­tain Age,‘Which yet the most uncer­tain age appears… Lord Byron, Bep­po xxii (1817) Byron’s verse brought many expres­sions into com­mon use.…

More Byron Bits

Byron Bits are short talks on Lord Byron’s great­est poem. BB5 and BB6 explore the penul­ti­mate episodes in the unfin­ished poem and pon­der what point Byron was try­ing to make in his scan­dalous epic.

The Venetian Cantos of Don Juan

Byron wrote Can­tos I and II in Venice, amid the excess­es of Car­ni­vale in 1818 and 1819 — his excess­es, at least — and just before he fell in love with the pret­ty, pre­co­cious, unhap­pi­­ly-mar­ried, 19-year-old, Tere­sa…