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Lord Byron - National Portrait Galley, London

The Poems of Lord Byron

A celebrity of his day, Lord Byron led an extraordinary life that was reflected in his poems. Sometimes epic, they often exposed a dark, satirical side to his nature. Childe Harold is the embodiment of the Byronic hero.

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Links to other poems

  • Childe Harold: Canto III
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  • Darkness
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  • She Walks in Beauty
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Image: National Portrait Gallery, London

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