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Read by Richard Mitchley, Ghizela Rowe & Gideon Wagner (Unabridged: 1hr 3mins)
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, but more commonly known as just Byron was a leading English poet in the Romantic Movement along with Keats and Shelley.
Byron was born on January 22nd, 1788. He was a great traveller across Europe, spending many years in Italy and much time in Greece. With his aristocratic indulgences, flamboyant style along with his debts, and a string of lovers he was the constant talk of society.
In 1823 he joined the Greeks in their war of Independence against the Ottoman Empire, both helping to fund and advise on the war’s conduct.
It was an extraordinary adventure, even by his own standards. But, for us, it is his poetry for which he is mainly remembered even though it is difficult to see where he had time to write his works of immense beauty. But write them he did.
He died on April 19th 1824 after having contracted a cold which, on the advice of his doctors, was treated with blood-letting. This cause complications and a violent fever set in. Byron died like his fellow romantics, tragically young and on some foreign field.
In this compilation -
|01 - Lord Byron - An Introduction|
|02 - She Walks in Beauty by Lord Byron|
|03 - The Tear by Lord Byron|
|04 - When We Two Parted by Lord Byron|
|05 - Remember Thee! Remember Thee! by Lord Byron|
|06 - To a Lady Who Presented to the Author a Lock of Hair Braided with His Own and Appointed a Night in December to Meet Him in the Garden by Lord Byron|
|07 - I Speak Not, I Trace Not, I Breathe Not Thy Name by Lord Byron|
|08 - John Keats by Lord Byron|
|09 - The Vampyre by Lord Byron|
|10 - On My Thirty Third Birthday, January 22nd 1821 by Lord Byron|
|11 - A Riddle on the Letter E by Lord Byron|
|12 - I Would to Heaven That I Was So Much Clay by Lord Byron|
|13 - So We'll Go No More a Roving by Lord Byron|
|14 - The First Kiss of Love by Lord Byron|
|15 - Advice to a Girl by Lord Byron|
|16 - Cricket at Harrow by Lord Byron|
|17 - There Is a Pleasure in the Pathless Woods by Lord Byron|
|18 - Lachin y Gair by Lord Byron|
|19 - The Isles of Greece by Lord Byron|
|20 - Written After Swimming from Sestos to Abydos by Lord Byron|
|21 - Sonnet to Lake Leman by Lord Byron|
|22 - The Dark Blue Sea by Lord Byron|
|23 - The Destruction of Sennacherib by Lord Byron|
|24 - Stanzas for Music by Lord Byron|
|25 - For Music by Lord Byron|
|26 - The Devil's Drive - An Unfinished Rhapsody by Lord Byron|
|27 - Darkness by Lord Byron|
|28 - The Prisoner of Chillon by Lord Byron|