This week you will be reading poems by two people who were friends (Dorothy Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge) and one poet whose reputation has perhaps overshadowed his work, George Gordon, Lord Byron. All three of these writers contributed to the movement now known as Romanticism. Coleridge is known, in part, for his drug addition, perhaps because of his poem “Kubla Khan”; Dorothy Wordsworth was her brother William’s secretary. He didn’t like to write things down, it seems. She helped him “recollect in tranquility” by describing the scenes they saw together in her journal. Lord Byron’s long narrative poems Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, Don Juan, and The Prisoner of Chillon helped to create a type of man called (later) a Byronic hero. The shorter poems often don’t feature this type of hero, but they reveal much about his philosophy of life. He died in an effort to aid in the independence of Greece from the Ottoman Empire.
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