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Introduction to Literature

George Gordon Byron (1788 –1824)

George Gordon Byron was a famous English poet who was born in an aristocratic
family in London on January 22, 1788 and was an important figure in the movement to the
Romanticism era because he created many literary works, one of which was Childe Harold’s
Pilgrimage. In addition to producing works that inspired many other writers, Byron also won
the title of a national hero from Greece, because he gathered troops to help the Greeks win
independence from the Ottoman Turks. When he was an adult, using horses, he circled
Greece and the islands of the Aegean Sea for 2 years and then published Childe Harold’s
Pilgrimage's poem which described his adventures. 'Childe Harold's Pilgrimage' is a lengthy
poem of four cantos, or sections. The poem seems to be autobiographical, and after
publishing the first two cantos, Byron immediately became a literary celebrity. In the first
canto, Byron was told a bit about Childe Harold, and it could be argued that Byron himself
was Childe Harold. In second canto, Byron told about Greece who lost its heyday. He did not
finish the final two cantos until later in life and unfortunately George died young, at the age
of 36 before being able to invade Turkey because of a fever and died in Missolongh. Based
on the popularity of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, it can be concluded that George was an
English poet who was an important figure in the romantic era.

Source: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/george-gordon-byron,
https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2010/jan/22/romantic-poets-lord-byron-
childe-harold