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Liberty and Poetic LicenceNew Essays on Byron$
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Bernard Beatty, Tony Howe, and Charles Robinson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235897

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315428

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Free Quills and Poetic Licences: Byron and the Politics of Publication

Free Quills and Poetic Licences: Byron and the Politics of Publication

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(p.219) Free Quills and Poetic Licences: Byron and the Politics of Publication
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Timothy Webb

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853235897.003.0017

This chapter explores the relation between publication and freedom. Byron was recurrently sceptical and unsentimentally realistic about the operations of ‘freedom’ in practice. In English contexts this freedom was often linked with freedom of expression, though Byron's own experience, both in politics and especially as a writer, convinced him that the absolutes of desire were often necessarily qualified by the compromises demanded by the real world of politics and publication. This ambivalence, or mature recognition of practical realities, can be identified both in and behind many of his major poems.

Keywords:   Byron, publication, freedom, desire, politics, poems

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