1. This is an exercise in evaluating sources.
After you read the biographical section on Lord Byron in the textbook, take a look at the biographical section of the Wikipedia page on George Gordon, Lord Byron. Start with the section called "Education and Early Loves" and read through "Post Mortem." There are some significant differences here to note.
A. The book says that Lord Byron left England because he was bitter over his broken marriage. What does Wikipedia say was the reason he left?
B. The book says Lord Byron died of a sudden fever. What does Wikipedia say was the cause of that fever?
C. What significant aspect of Lord Byron's personality and personal life does the book entirely avoid, and why do you think that is?
2. MEMORY CHALLENGE: Memorize "She Walks in Beauty Like the Night." One piece of candy for each stanza you get under your belt. For a bonus challenge, sing it! Here's the original tune, or you can make up your own. If you sing the whole poem, I'll add 30 points to your participation total. And I will remember you forever. Here's a link to the MP3 of the song version -- you can click to listen or download.
3. Check out the definition of "Byronic Hero" on this site about storytelling tropes. Read the examples in literature and at least one other medium (by clicking on the links under the definition) and tell me this:
1. Have you encountered any of these characters in TV or books?
2. Is this the type of character you like to read about?
3. Do you know anybody like this in real life?
4. Are there any of these traits that you see in yourself?
4. Listen to this reading of Keats' poem "The Beautiful Lady without Mercy" and watch these scenes from the movie Bright Star, which is about Keats' love affair with Fanny Brawne. You can see the trailer for the movie here: Bright Star - Official Trailer
5. Keats moved to Rome to try to improve his health, and died there after an awful illness -- he couldn't wait for death and it's said he was frustrated when he would wake up and find he was still alive. He is buried in Rome, and this is on his tombstone:
contains all that was Mortal
Young English Poet
on his Death Bed
in the Bitterness of his Heart
at the Malicious Power of his Enemies
these Words to be
engraven on his Tomb Stone:
Here lies One
Whose Name was writ in Water.
24 February 1821
All he had wanted on his tombstone was the part "Here lies one whose name was writ in water." What do you think of his friends deciding to put in the rest? What do you think it means, "whose name was writ in water"? What do you want your epitaph to say? Do you think a 25 year old should be ready to write his own epitaph?
5. Is Mr. Darcy a Byronic hero?