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Lord Byron's Poems Lesson Plan

Introduction to Lord Byron's Poems

Lord Byron was one of the major Romantics and perhaps one of the earliest English celebrities, in the contemporary sense of the word. His poems deal with a wide array of topics including love, politics, war, religion, and world-weariness. The poems assigned in this Lesson Plan included Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto I; several shorter poems from the Hebrew Melodies; The Prisoner of Chillon; "Prometheus," "Epistle to Augusta," and "Darkness"; excerpts from Don Juan, Canto I; The Vision of Judgement, and other short poems written over the course of Byron's life.

Byron worked masterfully across forms, modulating from the lofty-epic style of Childe Harold to the satirical epic Don Juan ...

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