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Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

Lord Byron

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Childe Harold's Pilgrimage is a lengthy narrative poem in four parts written by Lord Byron.The poem describes the travels and reflections of a world-weary young man who, disillusioned with a life of pleasure and revelry, looks for distraction in foreign lands. In a wider sense, it is an expression of the melancholy and disillusionment felt by a generation weary of the wars of the post-Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Which others rave of, though they know it not? Though here no more Apollo haunts his grot, And thou, the Muses' seat, art now their grave, Some gentle spirit still pervades the spot, Sighs in the gale, keeps silence in the cave, And glides with glassy foot o'er yon melodious wave.


Of thee hereafter.—Even amidst my strain I turned aside to pay my homage here; Forgot the land, the sons, the maids of Spain; Her fate, to every free-born bosom dear; And hailed thee, not perchance without a tear. Now to my theme—but from thy holy haunt Let me some remnant, some memorial bear; Yield me one leaf of Daphne's deathless plant, Nor let thy votary's hope be deemed an idle vaunt.


But ne'er didst thou, fair mount, when Greece was young, See round thy giant base a brighter choir; Nor e'er did Delphi, when her priestess sung The Pythian hymn with more th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was the poem that set Byron on his meteoric course as Don Juan bursting into formal Napoleonic London society like a guided missile. Everyone was reading it, from literate serving girls and parlour maids to the top nobs. It's difficult to believe these days that it sent women into fainting fits

This is my favorite work by Lord Byron. Hands down. No contest. I revisit it often to read favorite sections.

Via the character of Childe Harold, and later simply as himself, Byron explores the world. He visits places like Spain, Turkey, and of course, Greece. He also muses on great historical figur

What is this weird thing? I have to admit that this is not trivial. Without too much certainty, I would categorize it readily as being a sort of travel verse narrative with the issue of political and cultural opinion.
The word pilgrimage could evoke any religion, but it is not, and the word journey c

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A csillagozás a szokásos átlagolásom eredménye: a megírás minősége öt csillag, az élmény három.

Két okból fogtam bele.
Gimnazista-egyetemista koromban nemcsak tetszett, hanem nagyon komoly hatással is volt rám az angol romantika irodalma. Nem túlzás azt áll

It's not a breeze to read this if you live in our century. People who went mad for Byron two hundred years ago read long-form poetry, the Bible, Latin, and Greek as a matter of course--that's what it meant to read. They sat in church a lot. Four references to mythological heroes/Roman history/Italia

""For who would trust the seeming sighs
⁠Of wife or paramour?
Fresh feeres will dry the bright blue eyes
⁠We late saw streaming o'er.
For pleasures past I do not grieve,
⁠Nor perils gathering near;
My greatest grief is that I leave
⁠No thing that claims a tear."

For a poem with a reputation for crass "emo-n

After greatly enjoying listening to Berlioz's "Harolde en Italie" for over fifty years, I finally decided to read Byron's poem several days ago. It was a great delight, albeit not as great as Berlioz's symphony.

Began in the dying years of the Napoleonic War, "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" is a clarion

Childe Harold may be the epitome of romanticism, but also of how poorly romanticism has aged. The concept of the work is fascinating-- a travelogue in the form of Spencerian epic verse. Byron's prose endnotes often read more like standard travel writing, and contain some wonderful anecdotes such as


Apparently, privileged young people have always thought themselves so special they could not possibly fit into society, hence the pose of a distant critical observer, bored and disenchanted. They have always felt tortured by doing absolutely nothing, and when this terrible p

Like many literature students, I first encountered Childe Harold in a shortened version. In 2010 I read the last two cantos and I really didn't like it. I still think it is easy to get lost in the language and it is difficult understand what Byron is trying to say, even going over the last two canto

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