George Gordon, Lord Byron

George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788 - 1824)

Biography

Summary

Lord Byron's mother was Scottish, and for his first ten years they lived in Aberdeen, where he attended the Grammar, until he succeeded to his title. The most glamorous member of the second generation of Romantic poets, he was a prolific writer, led a scandalous life, and died in the Greek war of independence, aged 34. He wrote in Don Juan: 'But I am half a Scot by birth, and bred /A whole one, and my heart flies to my head...'. Apart from his short lyrics, his poetry is perhaps less read now than his extraordinarily vivid letters and journals; his life continues to intrigue readers, scholars and film-makers.