Lord Byron ( George Gordon )
- Personal Background : He was born on January 22nd of 1788. He was born in London where he attended Harrow School. He went to Trinity College from 1805-1808. Growing up his life was hard. His father abandoned him, and his mother was a schizophrenic. He also faced different types of abuse by his nurse. He gained his first literary recognition in 1808. He got married to Annabella Milbanke in January of 1815. December of the same year they had a daughter, named Augusta Ada Lovelace. Which just so happens to be his half sisters name. His wife left when she heard of his unmoral relations with his sister and many different cousins. When the union crumbled he began drinking and never saw his wife or child again.
- Poetic Style ; Some of his poems include "We'll Go No More a Rovin'" and "She Walks in Beauty". Most of his poems are considered romantics, yet some others were more witty and scornful such as "English Bards and Scotch Reviewers". He wrote many types and styles of poems.
- "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;Thus mellowed to that tender light Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less, Had half impaired the nameless grace Which waves in every raven tress, Or softly lightens o'er her face; Where thoughts serenely sweet express How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o'er that brow, So soft, so calm, yet eloquent, The smiles that win, the tints that glow, But tell of days in goodness spent, A mind at peace with all below, A heart whose love is innocent!
- Analysis ; Our groups thinks that this poem is about his cousin. In the poem he talks about how much beauty this "nameless woman" has, but also there are dark points in the poem that make you believe she's not all that innocent. The proof we found for this theory is that he wrote the poem after attending a party that a cousin was also at, also because he had relations with many of his cousins and his half sister. In the poem it states "And all that's best of dark and bright.." which gives us the feeling that yes she's beautiful in a darker type of way.