Byron and Shelley: The Blindness of Reason

Edward Larrissy

in The Blind and Blindness in Literature of the Romantic Period

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780748632817
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651696 | DOI:
Byron and Shelley: The Blindness of Reason

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This chapter discusses blindness that can be found in the works of Percy Shelley and Lord Byron, and looks at the most significant example of the blind in Byron's work: ‘the blind Old Man’. It also considers the role of the old man in the Coliseum in the Childe Harold IV, and looks at how simile was used to convey the human incapacity to directly see the truth, even identifying two types of blindness.

Keywords: Percy Shelley; Lord Byron; blind Old Man; Childe Harold IV; simile; types of blindness

Chapter.  6942 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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