Lines, On Hearing That Lady Byron Was Ill

George Gordon, Lord BYRON (1788 - 1824)

Here is a bitterly sarcastic poem wherein a jilted Lord Byron spits out his distain for his estranged wife, Lady Byron, laying a curse upon her, accusing her of being a "moral Clytemnestra" (wife of Agamemnon, who conspired with her lover Aegisthus to murder her husband). The Byrons were only together 2 years before she fled to the safety of her parents' estate with their infant daughter and refused to see him henceforth, due to his debauchery, cruelty, and profligate spending of her money. Lord Byron was run out of Parlaiment and fled England for his scandalous behavior, and especially for having had an incestuous affair with his half-sister (with whom he had another daughter). But as he was a Lord, (and as he was a typical man of the period who considered himself his wife's Lord to do with as he pleased), he always blamed Lady Byron's high morals, unwillingness to speak up for him in public (he considered her silence treason), and what he perceived as her "unforgiveness" for his downfall. He often waged war with her in public through his poetry. Lord Byron left such a large body of letters, essays and "worlds' best" poetry, some don't realize he died at age 36. (Summary by Michele Fry)

Genre(s): Single author

Language: English

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Play 01 Lines, On Hearing That Lady Byron Was Ill, Read by ALP Algy Pug
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Play 02 Lines, On Hearing That Lady Byron Was Ill, Read by BK Bruce Kachuk
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Play 03 Lines, On Hearing That Lady Byron Was Ill, Read by EL Newgatenovelist
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Play 04 Lines, On Hearing That Lady Byron Was Ill, Read by DM David Alan Mors
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Play 05 Lines, On Hearing That Lady Byron Was Ill, Read by FH Foon
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Play 06 Lines, On Hearing That Lady Byron Was Ill, Read by LCW Larry Wilson
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Play 07 Lines, On Hearing That Lady Byron Was Ill, Read by MTF Michele Fry
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Play 08 Lines, On Hearing That Lady Byron Was Ill, Read by PJW Patrick Wallace
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Play 09 Lines, On Hearing That Lady Byron Was Ill, Read by PS Phil Schempf
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Play 10 Lines, On Hearing That Lady Byron Was Ill, Read by RAJ RajVO
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Play 11 Lines, On Hearing That Lady Byron Was Ill, Read by TD Skip Corris
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Play 12 Lines, On Hearing That Lady Byron Was Ill, Read by TP Tomas Peter
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Play 13 Lines, On Hearing That Lady Byron Was Ill, Read by VB tovarisch
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Play 14 Lines, On Hearing That Lady Byron Was Ill, Read by WAJ William Allan Jones
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