The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain.

Lord Byron

 Portrait of Lord Byron by Richard Westall 1813

George Gordon Byron, later Noel, 6th Baron Byron, of Rochdale, FRS (22 January 1788– 19 April 1824) was a British poet and a leading figure in Romanticism. Amongst Byron’s best-known works are the brief poems She Walks in Beauty, When We Two Parted, and So, we’ll go no more a roving, in addition to the narrative poems Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage and Don Juan. He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential, both in the English-speaking world and beyond.

Byron’s notability rests not only on his writings but also on his life, which featured aristocratic excesses, love affairs with both sexes, huge debts, and self-imposed exile. He was notably described by Lady Caroline Lamb as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know”. Byron served as a regional leader of Italy’s revolutionary organization, the Carbonari, in its struggle against Austria. He later travelled to fight against the Ottoman Empire in the Greek War of Independence, for which Greeks revere him as a national hero. He died from a fever contracted while in Messolonghi in Greece.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Gordon_Byron,_6th_Baron_Byron

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