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Byron Turning to Stone

Ralph Pite

in The Circle of Our Vision

Published in print June 1994 | ISBN: 9780198112945
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670886 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198112945.003.0006
Byron Turning to Stone

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As Byron asserts how Don Juan should be perceived as ‘the sublime of that there sort of writing’ among other things, he emphasizes ‘that there’ despite the grammatical error since it focuses on actual fact and how Don Juan consistently made use of a tactic that lowers the tone to make ‘life’ attainable. The candour towards actuality expressed in this poem attempts to differentiate it from the moralized poetry of other writers. Byron claims, however, that this frankness functions within ‘human powers’ since seeking the ‘divine’ would result in dull poetry. Despite how Byron dislikes the theological scheme and the doctrine of torture in Dante's writings, he admires how the poem successfully depicted gentleness in immoral punishments.

Keywords: Byron; Don Juan; that there; moralized poetry; gentleness; immoral punishment; human powers

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Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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