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Childe Harold's Pilgrimage  - Cantos I & II-logo

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage - Cantos I & II

Lord Byron

This is the book that made Lord Byron (George Gordon) famous. He was a published and a known poet, but until this book took the English-speaking world by storm in 1812, he was not a famous poet. Byron was, however, a celebrity. As an aristocrat whose personal life was considered shockingly scandalous - and even today would be good stuff for celebrity gossip magazines - his name was known. His previous work was received out of a mixture of literary merit and personal notoriety. This book directly capitalizes on that. Childe Harold narrates the experiences of a young nobleman, sated with the wine, women, and song of his native England, who goes forth in search of the wine, women, song, and adventure of Spain, Greece, and the Ottoman Empire. The book is literally an armchair travelogue in rhyming couplets, quite unlike anything before or since. He expresses himself in vivid, forceful and emotional language on the landscapes, people, customs, and cultures he encounters, and shapes his experience into a deep study of that subject so favored by all the Romantic poets - himself. This performance of the work is underscored at intervals with excerpts from the music of Byron's contemporary, John Field, often regarded as the inventor of the nocturne - a form of Romantic music very well suited to the romanticism of the poet and his work. Public Domain (P)2010 Robert Bethune A Freshwater Seas production.

This is the book that made Lord Byron (George Gordon) famous. He was a published and a known poet, but until this book took the English-speaking world by storm in 1812, he was not a famous poet. Byron was, however, a celebrity. As an aristocrat whose personal life was considered shockingly scandalous - and even today would be good stuff for celebrity gossip magazines - his name was known. His previous work was received out of a mixture of literary merit and personal notoriety. This book directly capitalizes on that. Childe Harold narrates the experiences of a young nobleman, sated with the wine, women, and song of his native England, who goes forth in search of the wine, women, song, and adventure of Spain, Greece, and the Ottoman Empire. The book is literally an armchair travelogue in rhyming couplets, quite unlike anything before or since. He expresses himself in vivid, forceful and emotional language on the landscapes, people, customs, and cultures he encounters, and shapes his experience into a deep study of that subject so favored by all the Romantic poets - himself. This performance of the work is underscored at intervals with excerpts from the music of Byron's contemporary, John Field, often regarded as the inventor of the nocturne - a form of Romantic music very well suited to the romanticism of the poet and his work. Public Domain (P)2010 Robert Bethune A Freshwater Seas production.
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This is the book that made Lord Byron (George Gordon) famous. He was a published and a known poet, but until this book took the English-speaking world by storm in 1812, he was not a famous poet. Byron was, however, a celebrity. As an aristocrat whose personal life was considered shockingly scandalous - and even today would be good stuff for celebrity gossip magazines - his name was known. His previous work was received out of a mixture of literary merit and personal notoriety. This book directly capitalizes on that. Childe Harold narrates the experiences of a young nobleman, sated with the wine, women, and song of his native England, who goes forth in search of the wine, women, song, and adventure of Spain, Greece, and the Ottoman Empire. The book is literally an armchair travelogue in rhyming couplets, quite unlike anything before or since. He expresses himself in vivid, forceful and emotional language on the landscapes, people, customs, and cultures he encounters, and shapes his experience into a deep study of that subject so favored by all the Romantic poets - himself. This performance of the work is underscored at intervals with excerpts from the music of Byron's contemporary, John Field, often regarded as the inventor of the nocturne - a form of Romantic music very well suited to the romanticism of the poet and his work. Public Domain (P)2010 Robert Bethune A Freshwater Seas production.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Bethune

Length:

1h 57m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:53


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:38


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

01:42


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:03


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:26


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:18


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:04


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:18


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:03


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:38


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:21


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

00:50