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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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Marino Faliero: Escaping the Aristocratic

Marino Faliero: Escaping the Aristocratic

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(p.88) Marino Faliero: Escaping the Aristocratic
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Liberty and Poetic Licence
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Alan Rawes

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853235897.003.0008

This chapter attempts to shed some light on a largely overlooked thematic concern of Marino Faliero and suggests that it is a central issue at stake in the play. It demonstrates that this issue is one that bubbles under the surface and informs the progress of a host of Byron's poems ranging from Childe Harold I and II right through to The Island and Don Juan. It argues that Marino Faliero throws into sharp relief something that interested Byron throughout his adult life. The analysis of Marino Faliero focuses on its interest in the powerful influence of aristocratic modes of thinking and being.

Keywords:   Byron, aristocrats, aristocracy, Marino Faliero, plays

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