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Dámaso López García

Lord Byron or the Romantic feeling URL: http://www.march.es/conferencias/anteriores/voz.aspx?p1=22609&l=2
Maybe the figure of lord Byron is even more important that his own literary work. This is a trait he shares with other writers. The human example, the importance of the literary character, may indeed hide to some point the work of the author. Maybe in present times the name of lord Byron evokes the fullness of Romanticism, although his work is not precisely the most favored by the scholars of Romanticism.  The singularity of this condition is highlighted by the fact that Bertrand Russell devoted a chapter of his A History of Western Philosophy to the English poet. Coleridge spoke for a good part of his life about the philosophical poem that his friend Wordsworth was writing, The Prelude. Nevertheless, in opinion of Bertrand Russell, Byron should be counted among the first ones to be part of "the causes of change in the social structure". It is difficult to separate the characters from his work. As it is also difficult to separate the person from the character. In the Europe prior to the 19th century, there were isolated examples of authors who were satanic or considered cursed, there were Don Juanes, counts of Villamediano, or marquises de Sade, but the creation of a specific modern model was reserved for lord Byron, a model that was imitated and continues to be imitated seeking advantages. The reflections of that inner unhappiness, rebellious arrogance, the content for conventions, the aspirations to the absolute, and why not, the scornful aristocratic frivolity, either real of faked, are all elements that still now in the 21st century project their shadow. The origin of all of these traits, not isolated but in a contradictory set, can frequently be tracked back to lord Byron. 
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