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Byron in GenevaThat Summer of 1816$
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David Ellis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316432

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317163

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Polidori Does Not Suit

Polidori Does Not Suit

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Byron in Geneva
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Percy Bysshe Shelley did not go with Lord Byron to Coppet. An attractive and eloquent young poet, he would have been welcome there, and Madame de Staël would have been interested to meet Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin. Instead, Shelley planned a trip to Chamonix with Mary and Claire Clairmont. Their Mont Blanc excursion had important literary consequences for both Mary and Shelley. Meanwhile, Byron had almost completed canto 3 of his poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage as well as The Prisoner of Chillon. He had also written several shorter works, including three poems based on his own dreams, daytime visions, or haunting memories from the past. The first poem, entitled ‘The Dream’, reflects on the nature of dreaming and the particular dreams or visions with which he appeared to have been preoccupied at the time.

Keywords:   Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, Coppet, Madame de Staël, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, Chamonix, Claire Clairmont, poems, The Dream, dreams

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