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Byron and the Forms of Thought$
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Anthony Howe

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846319716

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846319716.001.0001

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‘Glory’s dream Unriddled’

‘Glory’s dream Unriddled’

Politics and the Forms of War

(p.146) Essay VI ‘Glory’s dream Unriddled’
Byron and the Forms of Thought

Anthony Howe

Liverpool University Press

Again building on the ideas about Byron’s poetics established in Chapter 4, this chapter offers a new reading of Byron as a war poet. Its main concern is to trace Byron’s recognition, one most fully articulated in war poetry of Don Juan, of the close connection between writing and the contexts of modern war. It is argued that Byron comes to understand poetry as vitally different to the (morally) bad writing that characterizes both official propaganda and bad war poetry (especially Wordsworth’s). Through his meditations on war Byron comes identify an inherent honesty to lyric writing. .

Keywords:   war poetry, Byron, Don Juan

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