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the Satires - Poetry of Lord Byron

Lord Byron

In this, the fourth volume of this series, we hear the poetry in which Byron began to make his mark on the world. Though his major breakthrough with Childe Harold is yet to come, his English Bards and Scotch Reviewers was a definite hit in its time, establishing Byron as a known poet and ensuring that his reputation as a literary bad-boy was off to a good start. English Bards and Scotch Reviewers was his first major satire and one of his most effective; we can't help seeing that the "Scotch Reviewers" who had harshly criticized Byron find themselves on the losing end of the battle. However, Byron's satirical shots didn't end with the reviewers. He took on the literary lions of the day - a remarkable feat for so young a writer - and scored well there too, though later in his life he deeply regretted having been so harsh on his fellow poets. He continued to lambaste the poets of his time in Hints from Horace, in which he takes on the task of admonishing the rest of the poets of his world to do things his way while showing up quite a few of them for having committed, in Byron's view, the crime of writing bad verse. For the modern reader or listener, this volume is a useful antidote to the image of Byron we take from his romantic poetry. Byron wasn't always the dreamy romantic, head in the clouds and heart on fire. He could be, as here, as sharp, as pointed, and as firmly rooted in the polemics of this world as any other satirist in the English tradition from Pope to Swift and beyond. Satire was not his major gift, but it was a real one, and we can hear it in these poems and thereby learn to know the other side of Lord Byron. Enjoy! A Freshwater Seas production.

In this, the fourth volume of this series, we hear the poetry in which Byron began to make his mark on the world. Though his major breakthrough with Childe Harold is yet to come, his English Bards and Scotch Reviewers was a definite hit in its time, establishing Byron as a known poet and ensuring that his reputation as a literary bad-boy was off to a good start. English Bards and Scotch Reviewers was his first major satire and one of his most effective; we can't help seeing that the "Scotch Reviewers" who had harshly criticized Byron find themselves on the losing end of the battle. However, Byron's satirical shots didn't end with the reviewers. He took on the literary lions of the day - a remarkable feat for so young a writer - and scored well there too, though later in his life he deeply regretted having been so harsh on his fellow poets. He continued to lambaste the poets of his time in Hints from Horace, in which he takes on the task of admonishing the rest of the poets of his world to do things his way while showing up quite a few of them for having committed, in Byron's view, the crime of writing bad verse. For the modern reader or listener, this volume is a useful antidote to the image of Byron we take from his romantic poetry. Byron wasn't always the dreamy romantic, head in the clouds and heart on fire. He could be, as here, as sharp, as pointed, and as firmly rooted in the polemics of this world as any other satirist in the English tradition from Pope to Swift and beyond. Satire was not his major gift, but it was a real one, and we can hear it in these poems and thereby learn to know the other side of Lord Byron. Enjoy! A Freshwater Seas production.
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In this, the fourth volume of this series, we hear the poetry in which Byron began to make his mark on the world. Though his major breakthrough with Childe Harold is yet to come, his English Bards and Scotch Reviewers was a definite hit in its time, establishing Byron as a known poet and ensuring that his reputation as a literary bad-boy was off to a good start. English Bards and Scotch Reviewers was his first major satire and one of his most effective; we can't help seeing that the "Scotch Reviewers" who had harshly criticized Byron find themselves on the losing end of the battle. However, Byron's satirical shots didn't end with the reviewers. He took on the literary lions of the day - a remarkable feat for so young a writer - and scored well there too, though later in his life he deeply regretted having been so harsh on his fellow poets. He continued to lambaste the poets of his time in Hints from Horace, in which he takes on the task of admonishing the rest of the poets of his world to do things his way while showing up quite a few of them for having committed, in Byron's view, the crime of writing bad verse. For the modern reader or listener, this volume is a useful antidote to the image of Byron we take from his romantic poetry. Byron wasn't always the dreamy romantic, head in the clouds and heart on fire. He could be, as here, as sharp, as pointed, and as firmly rooted in the polemics of this world as any other satirist in the English tradition from Pope to Swift and beyond. Satire was not his major gift, but it was a real one, and we can hear it in these poems and thereby learn to know the other side of Lord Byron. Enjoy! A Freshwater Seas production.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Bethune

Length:

3h 22m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:23


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:45


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:50


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:40


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:45


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:20


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

00:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:45


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

10:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

00:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:11


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:58


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:08


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

00:17


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:53


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

00:17


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:14


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:48


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:02


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:43


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:26


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:16


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

00:53