Book Launch: Byron Among the English Poets
22nd October, 6.30-8.00pm, at the Art Workers Guild, London
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There are limited places for this event, so please book soon.
Byron Among the English Poets (Cambridge University Press, 2021) is an exciting new study of Byron’s place in English literary tradition.
Edited by Clare Bucknell and Matthew Ward, it is based on an excellent series of papers given at a conference jointly sponsored by The Byron Society and All Souls College, Oxford. We were thrilled to be a part of this event back in 2018 and are equally excited to host the book launch for this wonderful book.
Since the Victorian period, scholars and readers of Byron have often engaged with his poetry as a means of getting closer to the life and legend: the Byronic hero, the ‘mad, bad, and dangerous to know’ figure promoted by the early celebrity industry. Byron Among the English Poets returns us to Byron the writer of verse, taking a fresh look at his work by reading it alongside and through that of others. We see him as a poet’s poet, a writer who was deeply interested in technical questions of form and structure, and thought of poetry as inherently sociable, a place for exchange, conversation and argument. Who else could connect Shakespeare and Simon Armitage, Anna Letitia Barbauld and Robert Browning, the Earl of Rochester and John Clare?
Byron Among the English Poets brings together essays by twenty leading international scholars, considering the many ways Byron has been – and will continue to be – ‘among’ other poets: alluding and alluded to; collaborative; competitive; admired; resented; worked and reworked in imitations, critiques, portraits, tributes, parodies and biographies. Chapters look at the contours of individual relationships – what did Byron get from Pope? how did Elizabeth Barrett Browning read Byron? – as well as exploring larger questions about influence and the longevity of poetic forms. ‘What is Poetry?’ Byron asked himself in a journal entry of January 1821. He concluded that it was ‘the feeling of a Former world and a Future’: past and present wrapped up together, a means of preserving the dead and inspiring the living.
Art Workers Guild
6 Queen Square
London WC1N 3AT
Drinks at 6.30
There will be a dinner for those who wish to join, details will be confirmed closer to the time.