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Lord Byron’s ‘South American Project:’ Aristocratic Radicalism and the Question of Venezuelan Settlement

Rebecca Cole Heinowitz

in Spanish America and British Romanticism, 1777-1826

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748638680
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651702 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748638680.003.0006
Lord Byron’s ‘South American Project:’ Aristocratic Radicalism and the Question of Venezuelan Settlement

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This chapter discusses Lord Byron's letters of 1819–23, the later sections of Don Juan, and the anti-imperialist poems The Age of Bronze and The Island. It investigates Byron's main motivations for relocating to Venezuela, and considers the significance of his choice to sail for military service in Greece. It emphasizes Byron's longing for a sense of national belonging and domestic stability, which is reflected in his letters. The chapter also tries to explain why Byron decided to move into a land during the onset of a revolution and devoted himself to active service in the Greek revolution.

Keywords: Lord Byron; anti-imperialist poems; military service; Greek revolution; national belonging; domestic stability

Chapter.  9808 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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