Tag Archives: Lord Byron

Nature Lit Has Healed for Centuries

For years my Intro to Lit class has had a nature theme.

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The Pleasure of a Pathless Wood

For Americans, wilderness is a more unkempt affair than it for Europeans.

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Crossing (or Not) the Hellespont

I revisited Byron’s poem about swimming the Hellespont/Dardanelles after a friend tried the feat.

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Roll On, Thou Alabama Crimson Tide, Roll

Byron’s “deep and dark blue ocean” rolls on and so does the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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Can Poetry Be Bad for You?

The possibility that poetry can have a deleterious effect on one (the poetry of Scott and Byron anyway) is a possibility that Austen brings up in “Persuasion.”

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Assad Came Down Like a Wolf on the Fold

The Syrian president’s assault on his people reminds me of Lord Bryon’s poem “The Destruction of Sennacherib,” where a superior force is defeated by the cause of justice. Time will tell whether this is no more than a fantasy.

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