Happy Birthday, Lord Byron!
But wait, are you even aware of who he is?
Remember in the second Sex and the City film there was that scene where Carrie and Big were both reading in bed and Carrie was reading the book, Love Letters of Great Men, (which actually didn’t really exist until Macmillan saw an opportunity in the market that needed to be filled when people started requesting the book); when asked about what she was reading, one quoted a short note by a guy named Lord Byron? Yeah, that’s who we’re talking about!
Lord George Byron was born January 22, 1788, in London, England, and died April 19, 1824, in Missolonghi, Greece. He is known as one of the best British Romantic poets and satirists of all time, penning works such as Hours of Idleness (1807), Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (1812-1818), The Giaour (1813), The Bride of Abydos (1813), Lara (1814), The Corsair (1814), Don Juan (1818, but unfinished), and more. Even though he is known as a Romantic poet, he actually wrote a lot in reference to his own experiences, (even if they were a little promiscuous and full of heartbreak, affairs, and seduction), and was dubbed a freethinking “bad boy.”
To get to know this famous poet on his birthday, keep reading for ten facts about Lord Byron.
- His full name was long: George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron. Byron was the sixth in his family to carry Baron Byron.
- He died young: Lord Byron was 36 years old when he died in Greece.
- He was born with a club foot: Lord Byron was known to be very self-conscious of his foot.
- His love life was crazy: It was rumored that he not only had a sexual/romantic relationship with his half-sister but numerous affairs with women after his failed marriage to Annabella Milbanke.
- He actually wished for a career in politics: Lord Byron was dubbed a “Lord” when he entered the House of Lords (British Parliament), since he was born of British nobility. In 1812, he actually gave his first speech, disagreeing with the Frame Work Bill.
- His first poem was written for his cousin: It was rumored that Byron wrote his first poem, a love poem, to his cousin, Margaret Parker.
- He was the first “celebrity” of his time: People saw this young, Romantic poet as beautiful. Not only that, but he was pretty famous overnight after some of his earlier work was published.
- He was an open-water swimmer: On May 3, 1810, Byron swam the Hellespont Strait, (from Europe to Asia). Since this was the first time an open-water swimming incident was recorded, this activity became popular. People still swim this same route to honor this event.
- He hated fellow British poet, William Wordsworth: Byron nicknamed him “Turdsworth” for a reason.
- Byron was bisexual: It was rumored that he had very close relationships with both men and women during his lifetime.
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