Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

A poem in Spenserian stanzas by Lord Byron (1788 – 1824), Cantos I and II appeared in 1812, Canto III in 1816 and Canto IV in 1818. When the first two cantos were first published they sold out swiftly. Byron declared: ‘I awoke one morning and found myself famous.’ Childe Harold was originally to be called ‘Childe Burun’, an archaic form of the Byron family name. The poem tells of a disillusioned young man, a melancholy, solitary, cynical ‘Byronic hero’, who tires of his sinful, pleasure-seeking lifestyle and decides to travel. The poet drew on his own experiences of the Grand Tour. 


Manuscript of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage by Byron, Cantos I and II

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Copyright: © GG Byron

Creator:
Lord Byron
Published:
1812
Forms:
Poem
Genre:
Romantic Literature
Literary period:
Romantic

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