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ciao a tutti! qualcuno sa darmi informazioni sul Corsaro o meglio "the corsair" di byron.. magari anche un riassunto del contenuto..per favore!
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in 1814 Lord Byron's "The Corsair" was published, selling out its entire first run of 10,000 copies. The poem was one of a handful of melodramatic verse-tales written by Byron between 1812-16, a period in which he was at the height of poetic fame in England. Pirate captain Conrad is the Byronic homme fatale.

Summary of “The Corsair”

“The Corsair” was published by Lord Byron in 1814. It is a narrative poem written in three cantos. In the first canto, which is set on the pirate’s island, readers are introduced to Conrad, the pirate leader, and his wife, Medora. Of the plot, we learn that Conrad has decided to attack the sultan Seyd to steal his riches. After the evening's feast he will lead the attack, which means that he is to say goodbye to his wife again, though he has only been home for an hour. She beseeches him to stay by tempting him with the joys of domestic life, most of which seem at odds with the portrait of Conrad’s soul as presented thus far. Her enticements include stability--“Sure, thou hast more than wealth, and many a home/ As bright as this invites us not to roam” (1.14.51-52)--as well as the promise of fine dinners, dancing, singing, guitar playing or, failing those, the reading of “Ariosto.” These inducements do not prevail and, though he misses his wife when he leaves her, Conrad sets sail for the pasha’s island.

The second canto has Conrad arriving in disguise at the Sultan’s palace. He distracts the sultan while his crew surrounds the palace; when all are in place the surprise attack begins. At first, the pirates appear to be winning the battle. When Conrad hears cries from the harem, he commands his men to help him rescue the women inside, which ultimately allows enough time for Seyd’s men to regroup and gain the upper hand. Conrad is captured and the majority of his crew is killed. Gulnare, the Pasha’s favorite sex-slave, comes to Conrad in his prison cell and tells him she will try to save his life in return for having saved hers. In the process, she falls in love with him.

In the final canto, Gulnare attempts to talk Seyd into freeing Conrad for a day in order to gain his treasure through ransom, after which they can recapture him. This plan makes Seyd suspicious of her motives and he threatens to kill her as well as the captive. She sneaks a knife to Conrad’s cell so that he can use it to kill Seyd before they make their escape. Conrad refuses on the grounds that he will only kill in a fair fight, although he had no qualms about disguising himself to trick the sultan during the original attack. Gulnare then kills the Pasha herself and rescues the Corsair, bringing him back to his island. Upon their return, Conrad discovers Medora has died from the grief of her mistaken belief that her husband is dead. Instead of taking Gulnare for his wife, however, he leaves the island, dead in spirit, not in body.

The Corsair", poemetto in tre canti in distici eroici pubblicato nel 1814. Per prevenire una spedizione del pascià turco Seyd, Corrado, capobanda dei pirati dell'Arcipelago greco, uomo di molti vizi e di una sola virtù (un certo spirito cavalleresco), accomiatatosi dalla sua amata Medora, arriva di nottetempo al campo del pascià, e si presenta a lui come un derviscio (...). Il prematuro incendio delle galere del pascià da parte degli uomini di Corrado fa che il colpo riesca solo in parte. Corrado è ferito e fatto prigioniero, ma egli è salvato da Gulnara, la prima concubina del pascià, da morte imminente, ed essa si innamora di lui, ottiene che ne sia differita la pena capitale, e infine gli fornisce i mezzi per sbarazzarsi di seyd, uccidendolo mentre dorme. Quest'atto gli ripugna, onde la donna uccide lei stessa il pascià, e fugge con corrado. Giungono all'isola, ove Corrado trova Medora morta di dolore all'annunzio che egli è perito. Da allora scompare e più nulla si sa di lui. (...) "Il Corsaro" ebbe grande successo; ne esistono varie versioni"
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perfetto!grazie!!
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