English poet, George Gordon (Lord) Byron image

George Gordon (Lord) Byron, regarded as one of the greatest British poets.

Mad, Bad and Dangerous To Know: The Wicked Poet, Lord Byron

Lord Byron was both famous and infamous for his audacious poetry, his scandalous love life (which included an affair with his half-sister!) and his devotion to liberal ideals.

Ostracised by English society, Byron went off to fight for Greek independence and died at 36. His personality and his romantic poetry made a unique impression on 19th century Europe and the term “Byronic” was coined.

Susannah Fullerton recites some of his best-loved poems and tells the story of the colourful, shocking and revolutionary life of one of England’s greatest poets. Find out just why Byron was considered “mad, bad and dangerous to know”!

 

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