Interesting facts about Byron

Posted on Mar 12, 2022      216

The work of George Gordon Byron, the world-famous English poet, is lyrical and romantic, but at the same time, seems rather gloomy in places. He laid the foundations of a new trend in poetry and gained many followers, and Byron’s poems are now considered being well-deserved classics. He was especially popular in Europe, though his works have been translated into many other languages.

Facts from Byron’s biography

  • His father bore the surname Byron-Gordon as a sign of unity with his Scottish roots, but for the poet, the second part of the surname became his middle name.
  • Byron came from an ancient lineage that once moved to Britain from Normandy, which is part of modern-day France.
  • The founders of the Byron family had the surname “Burun”, but over the years it changed.
  • Byron’s ancestors received the title of peers and the baronial title for their devotion to the throne during the English Revolution.
  • When Byron was a child, his family, despite his high-profile title, was desperate for money.
  • Throughout his life, Byron limped noticeably.
  • At the age of 10, the future poet fell so deeply in love with his cousin Mary Duff that when he heard about her engagement, he fell into a hysterical fit.
  • At school, he was famous for his chivalrous attitude toward his comrades and for always sticking up for the younger ones.
  • To correct his limp, Byron played sports and became a marksman, boxer, horseman, and an excellent swimmer.
  • His work gave rise to a whole new trend in poetry called “Byronism”.
  • The first edition of Byron’s poems was published when he was 19 years old.
  • Besides romantic works, the poet wrote, among other things, a very caustic satire.

  • In his time, Lord Byron traveled a lot, visiting many countries in Europe.
  • At the age of 21, he crossed on a dare the mouth of the Tahoe River, several miles wide and known for its rough currents.
  • When the poet attended the University of Cambridge and lived in a room for students, he could not get a dog because of the ban on keeping these animals at the university. However, he got himself a bear cub, and there was nothing the university could do about it, because the ban did not mention bears.
  • Byron’s entire biography is replete regarding his many loves. He was indeed very amorous, constantly falling in love, but then cooled down just as quickly.
  • The poem “Childe Harold” brought him resounding fame, for the first day it was sold over 14,000 copies.
  • Byron’s wife left him, leaving ostensibly on a trip and then simply writing him a letter informing him that she had no intention of returning to him.
  • At one time, the poet lived in Switzerland, Italy and Greece.
  • Knowing his tendency to obesity, Byron exhausted himself with constant diets, medication, and often lived starving.
  • Byron is a national hero of Greece because he took an active part in the Greek Revolution. He even used his own money to buy and equip a warship on which he went to help the Greek rebels.
  • He was a distant relative of the famous Russian poet Lermontov. Their common ancestor was Margaret Lermont, who lived in the 16th century and married into one of the Byron family.
  • The poet’s second surname was “Noel” but he usually either did not sign with it at all or put it before the title.
  • An entire year passed between the publication of Byron’s first collection of poems and the first review of it, which turned out to be a smashing one. The poet later recalled that he was lucky, because during that year he had time to compose many other works that were warmly received by the critics, but if his first book had been met with a hostile reception, he would have simply lost the will to engage in further literary experiments.
  • Byron died in Greece, but his remains were buried in Britain.

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