George Gordon Noel Byron was born on 22 January 1788. He was the sixth Baron Byron of an aristocratic family. He was one of the most important figures of the Romantic movement in early 19th century England and he rebelled against the social conventions and hypocrisy of the time. The disrepute of his amorous lifestyle is surpassed only by the beauty and brilliance of his writings. After leading an unconventional lifestyle and producing an enormous amount of literary works, Lord Byron died at a young age in Greece pursuing ideals of independence from political oppression. In Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (1812-18) he created the prototype of the Byronic hero, a ruthless (=pitiless) rebel, emotionally and intellectually tortured, both an idealist and a cynic like himself, who projects his melancholy feelings and moods onto nature. His second major work was Don Juan (1819-24), a satirical poem centred around the wanderings of a picaresque hero.
Read my previous post about Lord Byron here.