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Early Poems - Poetry of Lord Byron

Lord Byron

As in the first two volumes of this series, our interest in these poems is not so much the poetry itself as the promise of what is to come. In these poems, mostly written in the years just before Byron left England to tour in Europe, it is fascinating to see how his power as a poet is constantly growing and to see how his enormously romantic heart and soul goes about fashioning itself. He is on the brink of the experiences that will lead to his major breakthrough with Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (volume five of this series.) He is also leading up to his joyous joust with the literary establishment that will be voiced in English Bards and Scotch Reviewers. What sort of poems are these? They are the work of an enormously talented young man, whose skills as a poet are starting to bear significant fruit. He has all the preoccupations common to young men, particularly the charms of the opposite sex. He is clumsy from time to time, sometimes rather in love with his own voice. Though a young man, he often writes as if he were old, musing on days gone by, especially his schoolboy life at Harrow. He tries his hand at several genres: classical translation, narrative poetry, love poetry, philosophical musings. He is beginning to show the bitterness that will frequently appear in his later poems, particularly in emotional outbursts such as his Inscription on the Monument of a Newfoundland Dog. He is showing constantly growing technical skill, as in the clever rhythms of his Fill The Goblet Again. Most importantly, he is beginning to express ideas that are truly his own. Above all, here we have the romantic heart of the young man rapidly growing up to be the Lord Byron that we know from his later work. Enjoy! A Freshwater Seas production.

As in the first two volumes of this series, our interest in these poems is not so much the poetry itself as the promise of what is to come. In these poems, mostly written in the years just before Byron left England to tour in Europe, it is fascinating to see how his power as a poet is constantly growing and to see how his enormously romantic heart and soul goes about fashioning itself. He is on the brink of the experiences that will lead to his major breakthrough with Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (volume five of this series.) He is also leading up to his joyous joust with the literary establishment that will be voiced in English Bards and Scotch Reviewers. What sort of poems are these? They are the work of an enormously talented young man, whose skills as a poet are starting to bear significant fruit. He has all the preoccupations common to young men, particularly the charms of the opposite sex. He is clumsy from time to time, sometimes rather in love with his own voice. Though a young man, he often writes as if he were old, musing on days gone by, especially his schoolboy life at Harrow. He tries his hand at several genres: classical translation, narrative poetry, love poetry, philosophical musings. He is beginning to show the bitterness that will frequently appear in his later poems, particularly in emotional outbursts such as his Inscription on the Monument of a Newfoundland Dog. He is showing constantly growing technical skill, as in the clever rhythms of his Fill The Goblet Again. Most importantly, he is beginning to express ideas that are truly his own. Above all, here we have the romantic heart of the young man rapidly growing up to be the Lord Byron that we know from his later work. Enjoy! A Freshwater Seas production.
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As in the first two volumes of this series, our interest in these poems is not so much the poetry itself as the promise of what is to come. In these poems, mostly written in the years just before Byron left England to tour in Europe, it is fascinating to see how his power as a poet is constantly growing and to see how his enormously romantic heart and soul goes about fashioning itself. He is on the brink of the experiences that will lead to his major breakthrough with Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (volume five of this series.) He is also leading up to his joyous joust with the literary establishment that will be voiced in English Bards and Scotch Reviewers. What sort of poems are these? They are the work of an enormously talented young man, whose skills as a poet are starting to bear significant fruit. He has all the preoccupations common to young men, particularly the charms of the opposite sex. He is clumsy from time to time, sometimes rather in love with his own voice. Though a young man, he often writes as if he were old, musing on days gone by, especially his schoolboy life at Harrow. He tries his hand at several genres: classical translation, narrative poetry, love poetry, philosophical musings. He is beginning to show the bitterness that will frequently appear in his later poems, particularly in emotional outbursts such as his Inscription on the Monument of a Newfoundland Dog. He is showing constantly growing technical skill, as in the clever rhythms of his Fill The Goblet Again. Most importantly, he is beginning to express ideas that are truly his own. Above all, here we have the romantic heart of the young man rapidly growing up to be the Lord Byron that we know from his later work. Enjoy! A Freshwater Seas production.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Bethune

Length:

1h 16m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:34


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

00:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:56


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:30


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:26


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:42


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

00:27


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:38


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:25


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:09


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:47


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

01:15


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:38


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

01:04


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

00:54


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

01:11


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:30


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:34


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

00:57


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

01:48


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

00:38


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:09


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

00:39


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

01:25


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

01:28


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

02:07


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:41


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

01:24


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:04


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

01:51


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

00:55


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

02:17


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:17


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

00:46