The Byronic Hero

Althought Byron never considered himself a romantic poet, and criticized Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats sharply, he was the only English poet of his age to achieve a European reputation and to exert a significant influence on other writers.

With his life and his works he popularized the "Byronic hero",

a passionate, moody, restless and mysterious man, who hides some horrible sins or secret in his past.

He is charachterised by proud and individualism and rejects the conventional moral rules of society: he is an outsider, isolated and attractive at the same time.

He has a great sensibility to nature and beauty, but has grown bored with the ecesses and excitements of the world. Women cannot resist him, but he refuses their love, men either admire or envy him. He is of noble birth, but wild and rough in his manners; his looks are hard but handsome.



The scenes from nature that are scattered throughout his poems are always associated with the personal feelings of the poet. Whether he depicts the fury of the natural elements or the sweetness of a calm landscape, the poet charges them with the passion he expressed in his life: the rebelliousness which ignores human ortodoxies is the same that he finds in the ocean and in the storm in the Alps;

the melancoly associated with the vanity of all human hopes finds counterpart in the delicate beauty of lakes and sunsets.

In no case he can be associated with the pantheism but nature was to him the only reliable living form and consolation from an unsympathetic society of men.