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Master of Arts (M.A.)



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Lord Byron was very much concerned with the problems of immortality and fame. Perhaps his greatest single theme in poetry is human greatness. An especial aspect of human greatness, namely of heroes in spirit and in action, is, of course, one of the most permanent and best known features of Byron's poetry, the creation of the Byronic hero" being one of the poet's most outstanding contribu- tions to world literature. This study is concerned with all of the heroes Lord Byron created. It is to be a study of their origin, development, and meaning in the poetry of Byron. Lord Byron published his first poetry, Hours of Idleness, which included some thirty-nine poems of varying length and quality, mostly written in the style of Alexander Pope and many of them employing the heroic couplet, in 1807. Byron was nineteen.





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