Wednesday, 9 December 2020


"We are all the fools of time and terror: Days steal on us and steal from us; yet we live, loathing our life, and dreading still to die.”

Manfred is a dramatic poem written in 1816–1817 by Lord Byron. It contains supernatural elements, in keeping with the popularity of the ghost story in England at the time. It is a typical example of a Romantic closet drama. It was adapted musically by Robert Schumann and later by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Friedrich Nietzsche was impressed by the poem's depiction of a super-human being, and wrote some music for it.  

To say that Manfred is a Byronic hero in the Promethean mold is not new: not only the text of Manfred, but also Byron himself, as well as literary critics from his time until now, suggest it.  Read here

Here you can find a detailed analysis of the figure of the Byronic hero.

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