22 January-Byron

Lord Byron was a poet, satirist and politician who was a native of England. Widely regarded as one of the greatest poets in the English language he was one of the leading figures of the Romantic Movement. Byron was as well known for his lavish lifestyle and numerous love affairs as he was for his poetry.

George Gordon Byron, the 6th Baron Byron was born in London in 1788. He was educated at Harrow school in London. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge in 1804 where he spent three years. Byron was a prolific writer. The publication of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage in 1812 made him a celebrity. His magnum opus was the satiric poem ‘Don Juan’ which was unfinished at the time of his death in 1824.

Due to debts and various scandals Byron moved abroad in 1816. He lived in several parts of Europe for the remainder of his life. He travelled widely and became involved in the Greek War of Independence. In Greece Lord Byron is regarded as a national hero. He died at the age of 36 at Missolonghi in western Greece on April 19th 1824.

Thomas Moore, Ireland’s National Bard, was a very close friend and was the biographer of Lord Byron. Byron entrusted his memoirs to Moore for publication after his death. However, Moore was persuaded by Byron’s family to destroy them. Moore later celebrated Byron’s life by editing and publishing his letters and journals.

Lord Byron, poet, satirist and politician, was born in London in the year 1788 On This Day.

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