“And thou art dead, as young and fair
As aught of mortal birth;
And form so soft, and charms so rare, Too soon return’d to Earth! “
George Gordon Byron, one of the most famous of the Romantic poets was, by all reliable accounts, a major hottie. Born January 22, 1788 in Aberdeen, Scotland (let us pause for a moment to reflect on that face paired with a Scottish burr) Byron had a less than idyllic childhood and was remote, passionate, melancholy, defiant and rebellious. Not sexy enough? He was an outspoken politician who used his popularity to work for the common good, demanding freedom for oppressed people everywhere. His attraction to both men and women caused a good amount of emotional angst for Byron which he used to fuel his poems, peppering them with intense, despondent heroes that seemed to embody Byron himself. Can there be any doubt that the man who wrote “Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life. ” was conflicted, to say the least?
Byron was married and divorced in a time when such a thing was almost unheard of and engaged in a slew of love affairs, unapologetically publishing verses that were considered scandalous and even obscene at the time. His poem “Don Juan” is among the most famous and well written long poems in the English language.
He became ill while out riding and died of fever on April 19, 1824 at the age of 36. Ironically, his father Captain Byron and sister Ada both also died at the age of thirty six.
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