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This new learn of Byron explores the 'geo-historical' - locations the place traditionally major occasions have happened. Cheeke examines the ways that the idea of being there turns into the principal declare and shaping strength in Byron's poetry as much as 1818. He is going directly to discover the concept that of being in-between which characterizes Byron's 1818-21 poetry. eventually, Byron's complicated nostalgia for England, his feel of getting been there, is learn in terms of a broader critique of reminiscence, homesickness and place-attachment.

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9 Newstead, like the Coliseum to Rome, stands with and for the young Byron (he has lived upon the spot and fixed his heart upon it). But it is important to remember that this was a metonymic exchange that was threatening to break apart for a large part of Byron’s writing career. Byron writes with the sharpest personal knowledge that the interchangeability of self and place is insecure, even as his work is a form of resistance to such knowledge. And if the celebrated notion of mobilité gives us any useful insight into Byron’s ‘personality’ then it does so in a literal sense as much as any other: place was central to Byron’s fashioning of himself, and Byron’s places were constantly changing.

Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-08 the rhetorical strategies of the poems in Hours of Idleness were serious; the part stood for the whole: terms of ‘pars pro toto’, it is equally important to grasp the paradox that there are quite different parts standing for the same whole. 218). As with Newstead, Byron’s attachment is figured in valedictory terms – Harrow is first in the list of places to which Byron says farewell in ‘The Adieu. Written under the impression that the author would soon die’; the others, in order, being Cambridge, Loch na Garr, Newstead and Southwell.

2 ‘I was present’ From the beginning of Byron’s writing life, then, the place, or more specifically the ‘spot’ which stands for the essence of the place, simultaneously speaks for itself and for Byron, so that geo-history and self-identity are interchangeable, or assumed to be so. Inevitably, however, some spots speak louder than others. e. when Byron was back in England. 18 It was a location and setting Byron had described more exactly in a letter to Francis Hodgson of January 1811: I am living in the Capuchin Convent, Hymettus before me, the Acropolis behind, the temple of Jove to my right, the Stadium in front, the town to the left, eh, Sir, there’s a situation, there’s your picturesque!

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