…thinking unutterable things

90 Young Juan wan­dered by the glassy brooks Think­ing unut­ter­able things. He threw Him­self at length with­in the leafy nooks Where the wild branch of the cork for­est grew. There poets find mate­ri­als for their…

A real husband always is suspicious

99 A real hus­band always is sus­pi­cious, But still no less sus­pects in the wrong place, Jeal­ous of some­one who had no such wish­es, Or pan­der­ing blind­ly to his own dis­grace By har­bour­ing some dear…

And Julia sate with Juan

115 And Julia sate with Juan, half embraced And half retir­ing from the glow­ing arm, Which trem­bled like the bosom where’twas placed. Yet still she must have thought there was no harm, Or else’twere easy…

…Who is the man you search for?

154 ‘And now, Hidal­go, now that you have thrown Doubt upon me, con­fu­sion over all, Pray have the cour­tesy to make it known Who is the man you search for? How d’ye call Him? What’s…

…so Juan knocked him down

183 None can say that this was not good advice; The only mis­chief was it came too late. Of all expe­ri­ence ‘tis the usu­al price, A sort of income tax laid on by fate. Juan…

Two recordings of Don Juan

I admit this is an eccen­tric project. Record­ing a very long poem from the ear­ly 19th cen­tu­ry and pre­sent­ing it in an illus­trat­ed e‑book ‘wrap­per’ may turn out to be a waste of effort. Who…

Surprises for newcomers to Don Juan

It’s long New­com­ers to Byron’s poem are more like­ly to find it on the web than on a book­shelf. So their first sur­prise, often, is its length. Six­teen books (“Can­tos”), 20,000 lines, 130 ‚000 words.…