Wednesday, February 28

Facts about Lord Byron

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Lord Byron.  


This week’s famous poet is Lord Byron. Last week’s famous poet was Lewis Carroll. 

Lord Byron is a famous poet. He wrote a lot of poems during his lifetime. Lord Byron was a poet and a politician. He was born in London, England. His parents’ names are John Byron and Catherine Gordon. He did not have any siblings. He had a dog named Boatswain that he loved dearly.


Keep reading to find out more about Lord Byron. 


Here is a list of some poems by Lord Byron: 

  • When We Two Parted
  • I Saw Thee Weep
  • Don Juan
  • Darkness
  • The Isles Of Greece
  • Thy Days Are Done
  • The Destruction Of Sennacherib
  • Prometheus
  • Epitaph to a Dog



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Quick facts about Lord Byron: 

1. He was born January 22, 1788 in London, England. His full name is George Gordon Byron. 

2. Lord Byron was 36 years old when he died. He passed away on April 19, 1824 in Missolonghi, Aetolia, Ottoman Empire. He is buried at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire. He died from a really bad cold and high fever.

3. The following is one of Lord Byron’s 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 mellow'd to that tender light

Which heaven to gaudy day denies.


One shade the more, one ray the less,

Had half impair'd 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!

(You can print out a worksheet on this poem. You will fill in the missing words in the poem) 

4. Lord Byron was born with a disability. He had a deformed right foot which caused him a lot of pain and problems throughout his life.

5. Lord Byron was a politician. His first seat was with the House of Lords in 1809. He was an advocate for social reform. He was associated with the Holland House Whigs. Lord Byron also wrote several political poems. Here is a list of some of them:

  • The Landlords' Interest
  • The Best of the Cut Throats
  • Song for the Luddites

6. Lord Byron’s dog Boatswain died from rabies. The dog passed away in 1808. Boatswain was buried at Newstead, Abbey, Lord Byron’s estate. There is poem on the dog’s monument that was written by Lord Byron. Here is the poem:

Epitaph to a Dog

When some proud Son of Man returns to Earth,

Unknown to Glory but upheld by Birth,

The sculptor's art exhausts the pomp of woe,

And storied urns record who rests below:

When all is done, upon the Tomb is seen

Not what he was, but what he should have been.

But the poor Dog, in life the firmest friend,

The first to welcome, foremost to defend,

Whose honest heart is still his Master's own,

Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone,

Unhonour'd falls, unnotic'd all his worth,

Deny'd in heaven the Soul he held on earth:

While man, vain insect! hopes to be forgiven,

And claims himself a sole exclusive heaven.

Oh man! thou feeble tenant of an hour,

Debas'd by slavery, or corrupt by power,

Who knows thee well, must quit thee with disgust,

Degraded mass of animated dust!

Thy love is lust, thy friendship all a cheat,

Thy tongue hypocrisy, thy heart deceit!

By nature vile, ennobled but by name,

Each kindred brute might bid thee blush for shame.

Ye! who behold perchance this simple urn,

Pass on, it honors none you wish to mourn.

To mark a friend's remains these stones arise;

I never knew but one—and here he lies.

7. Lord Byron had three children by three different women. Here is a list of their names:

  •  Elizabeth Medora Leigh (her mother: Augusta Leigh)  
  • Ada Lovelace (her mother: Anne Isabella Milbanke)
  • Clara Allegra (her mother: Claire Clairmont)

8. Lord Byron was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School during his early years. In 1799 he was taught at the school of Dr. William Glennie. In 1801 he attended Harrow School, he remained there until 1805. He then studied at Trinity College in Cambridge for three years.

9. Lord Byron loved to swim. Lord Byron swam from Europe to Asia across the Hellespont Strait in Turkey, on May 3, 1810. He was twenty-two years old at the time he swam the four miles.


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