22 January 2018 Susannah

Lord Byron – English poet, born on 22 January 1788

Lord Byron quote by Susannah Fullerton

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Lord Byron, born 22 January 1788

“Man’s love is of man’s life a thing apart,
‘Tis woman’s whole existence.”

Portrait of Lord Byron by Richard Westall image

Portrait of Lord Byron by Richard Westall

I fell in love with the poetry of Lord Byron when I was 13 years old. When Byron began to publish his poems, everyone fell in love with them!! He was the first poet super-star, internationally famous in his day, a Greek hero when he died fighting for Greek independence, and a legend in his own time. Some of that legend came from his tempestuous life (it is not for nothing that Lady Caroline Lamb described him as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know”) and his riotous behaviour, but the legend has lasted because he was a great poet. There is an exquisite beauty in the short So we’ll go no more a-roving, and The Eve of Waterloo is one of the finest anti-war poems I know.

Celebrate Lord Byron’s birthday by reading some of his poems, or get some on audio and listen to them being well read by others. If you live near Nottinghamshire, then you should visit Newstead Abbey, Byron’s ancestral home. It is an amazing place and although somewhat changed since his day, it still reflects his larger-than-life personality.

So we’ll go no more a-roving

So, we’ll go no more a-roving
So late into the night,
Though the heart be still as loving,
And the moon be still as bright.

For the sword outwears its sheath,
And the soul wears out the breast,
And the heart must pause to breathe,
And love itself have rest.

Though the night was made for loving,
And the day returns too soon,
Yet we’ll go no more a-roving
By the light of the moon.

Listen to Sir John Gielgud reading the poem:

Lord Byron died on 19 April 1824 at age 36.

Did you fall in love with Byron also? Tell me your thoughts in the comment area below.

  Susannah Fullerton: Lord Byron & She Walks in Beauty
Susannah Fullerton: Lord Byron & The Destruction of Sennacherib
  Susannah Fullerton: Lord Byron

   Lord Byron – The Major Works by Lord George Gordon Byron, Jerome J. McGann (Edited by)

I only recommend books I have read and know. Some of these links are my affiliate links. If you buy a book by clicking on one of these links I receive a small commission. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, but does help cover the cost of producing my free newsletter.


Leave a comment.

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until approved.


Body image credit- Portrait of Lord Byron by Richard Westall. By Richard Westall (died 1836) – National Portrait Gallery. http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw00989/George-Gordon-Byron-6th-Baron-Byron

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *