Byron, Conversation and Discord


in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 139, 2005 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263945
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734038 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Byron, Conversation and Discord

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This chapter focuses on the force of Byron as a ‘talker’ between poetry and conversation in English verse. It discusses the conversational mode of his poetry, which is noted to be often taken for granted. The chapter also explores Byron's mobile attention to the role of the reader and with the degree of dissonance or friction that the reader helps engender. It shows that the boundaries of both speech and poetry are both enforced and eroded by Byron.

Keywords: poetry; conversation; English verse; conversational mode; dissonance; friction; speech and poetry; Byron

Chapter.  10463 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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