On what does Byron found his satirical treatment of Robert Southey? What accusations and jokes does he make at Southey's expense?
One of the primary accusations Byron launches at Southey in the Dedication of Don Juan is that he has been politically unfaithful in defecting to the Tory party. Byron, as a staunch Whig and anti-monarchist, generally disdains conservative political figures, but seems to feel particular vitriol for Southey, who is both, in his eyes, a political traitor and a mediocre poet. The critique of Southey's style is particularly acute in The Vision of Judgement.
In addition to lampooning the sanctimonious tone of Southey's A Vision of Judgement, Byron,...
Join Now to View Premium Content
GradeSaver provides access to 1105 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 8539 literature essays, 2314 sample college application essays, 372 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.