George Gordon Byron and Byron’s aesthetics
George Gordon Byron
Byron is one of the best examples of Romantic movement not only for his literary production but also for his personality, he travelled a lot and lived a dissolute life. He wrote classical and romantic works but we remember him more for the romantic works, where the man and the poet almost overlap as we can see in his works “ Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage”, the corsair and Don Juan. Here we find many features peculiar to the so called “Byronic Hero”. Such a figure is noble and handsome, his past is mysterious and his attitude towards he world is scornful.
He is a protector of the weak and the oppressed and struggles for the triumph of the justice of equality. His life is dominated by a tragic destiny as well as by his love for women. Byron shows a titanic attitude in the description of extraordinary events and natural phenomena and nature becomes the mirror of his states of mind.
In the last part of his literary carrier reveals a tone and a style connected to neoclassical models, showing a deep knowledge of the classics. This makes him reject Wordsworth’s ideas on poetry, which watches ordinary events related in a simple and unsophisticated language.
Byron in his poetry doesn’t reject classicism and the concise wit present in it shows the influence of figures like Pope and Fielding. Like Shelley he wanted to break free all limitations but with no success. The epic poet “Don Juan” is the best realisation of Byron’s romantic irony. The theory of romantic irony was developed by the German philosopher. For Schlegel this theory expresses the idea that the more noble and ambitious are the projects the more acute becomes the failure and the deeper the irony.