George Harold's Pilgrimage And Lord Byron Analysis

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The work of George Gordon Byron became synonymous with Romanticism. He is known for his longer works – Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage and Don Juan. However, Byron’s opus of shorter lyrical poetry is also rich. “His other mood is the quieter one in which he sings of beauty”, is how his lyrical poetry is described. (Reed 405) These lyrical praises to beauty display Lord Byron’s idealistic view of women as beautiful, gentle, and innocent creatures. “The interest, then, in Byron’s lyrics lies in their direct expression of feeling.” (Reed 406) This kind of a portrayal of women by Byron differs from the one that appears in Don Juan, where women are more so treated as objects, rather than ideals. Byron, in his short lyrical poetry, writes of women as pure idealistic abstractions, as if the women represent beauty to him more than posses it themselves. “The great object in life, said Byron, is sensation”, and that is exactly what translates into his work. (Reed 406) Even the opening lines of his poems portray the idealistic images. It can be seen in She walks in beauty: She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that 's best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes (Byron 1-4) The idealistic image of beauty is also evident in the opening lines of There be none of Beauty 's daughters: There be none of Beauty 's daughters With a magic like Thee; (Byron 1-2) The woman in question is described as an abstract – magic. Her beauty

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