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Lord Byron had a lot of luggage


When it comes to the English Romantic poets, I’m a fan of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (above), maybe because I hated “The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” when I was forced to read it in seventh grade but was delighted to be blown away by it 35 years later. Or maybe because of Coleridge's “This Lime Tree Bower My Prison.” Or his “Frost at Midnight.” Coleridge was self-destructive, too, a drug addict who suffered from an unrequited love and also from a falling out with his friend and mentor, William Wordsworth. So, besides being a genius, STC was tragic, tormented figure, as interesting as Janis or Jimi.

But here’s the guy who would have his own reality show if he were alive today:

(Rock and roll, hoochie koo)


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Jun. 15th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
What might the reality show be called?
Jun. 15th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
How about "Cantos This"?
Jun. 15th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Two of my favorites. I'm a nut for the English Romantics.

Besides being a raging sexual predator and a social bad-boy tripling a young David Bowie's infamy...Byron was also a champion swimmer and horseman with athletic records that have yet to be broken.

There was nothing this man couldn't do.

Besides walk straight, of course.
Jun. 15th, 2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
Your kicker gets this week's Taste and Sensitivity Award.
Jun. 15th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
I meant the walk straight as a reference to his club foot - which, in his letters, he despairs over having an unsteady walk repeatedly - not his lifestyle.

But I'll take the award anyways. I'm sure there are those out there with club feet who'd be offended.
Jun. 15th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
I knew what you meant, but your explanation of what you thought I thought you meant garners you an additional award.
Jun. 15th, 2009 05:56 pm (UTC)

I won't even ask the title. I'll just accept my awards and walk away with a "pin the tail on me" poster on my back.
Jun. 16th, 2009 01:05 am (UTC)
whatta character Lord Byron was. I took the Romantic Movement in English Poetry with the great Rick Simpson my freshman year. on top of an epic learning experience. it is one of the few non JMC electives i didnt run like hell to sell back the books i needed for the class. one of these days and having a few more years of life under my belt i intend on going back and reading some of that stuff
Jun. 16th, 2009 01:14 am (UTC)
No one should leave SBU without taking a class from Simpson.
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