VISTAS: An awareness of a range of time, events, or subjects. A broad Mental View.

George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron

1788-1824

Byron is uniquely distinguished for his personality and life as much as for his poetry. He is, indeed, widely regarded as a very great poet and especially as a wit and satirist. Byron was not only a genius but also a millionaire, a hero, a nobleman, a sinner, and a beauty. Born into a tormented and tempestuous family, he succeeded to the family title when he was ten; his schooling was at Harrow and Cambridge. By 1812 he was one of the most famous poets in England. He married most unhappily in 1815 and in the next year, hounded by accusations of insanity and incest, exiled himself permanently. Byronism is still with us, as is the Byronic hero: dark, moody, aloof, misanthropic, courageous, brilliant, audacious, tortured.