Lord Byron

Lord Byron Poems

Lord Byron was one of the leading figures of the Romantic movement and is widely regarded as one of the greatest English-language poets of all time. His work is still commonly read by poetry lovers and scholars alike. His poetic works include ‘Hours of Idleness,’ ‘Lara, A Tale’ and ‘Hebrew Melodies.’ Read more about Lord Byron.

Apostrophe to the Ocean

by Lord Byron

‘Apostrophe to the Ocean’ by Lord Byron is an excerpt from Byron’s long, epic poem ‘Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage.’ The excerpt includes seven stanzas from the poem, starting with stanza CLXXVIII, or 178, and ending with stanza 184. 

This is a beautiful excerpt from Lord Byron's poetry. It deals with themes that he's well-known for and successfully demonstrates his skill with language and his poetic style. The seven stanzas should be considered some of Byron's most interesting and effective.

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,

There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is society where none intrudes,

By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:

Oh! Snatched Away in Beauty’s Bloom

by Lord Byron

‘Oh! Snatch’s Away in Beauty’s Bloom’ by Lord Byron is a beautiful poem about grief and the importance of expressing such emotions as a means of catharsis.

This is another beautiful poem from Lord Byron that underscores the various Romantic ideals and sentiments contained within his poetry. This includes a reverence for nature that translates to the speaker's love of their dead beloved. But the poem also crucially presents Byron's argument in favor of emotion and such sentimentalism as grieving for those who've died, presenting it as neither weakness nor a riddle to be solved by reason.

Oh! snatched away in beauty’s bloom,

On thee shall press no ponderous tomb;

But on thy turf shall roses rear

Their leaves, the earliest of ' the year;


by Lord Byron

‘Prometheus’ by Lord Byron is a heart-warming ode to Prometheus for his selflessness and service to humanity.

Lord Byron was a Romantic poet. He participated actively in the Romantic movement. He is considered one of the most prolific English poets. ‘Prometheus’ is about Prometheus, a figure from Greek mythology known for sacrificing a lot for humanity. The poem is a testimony to his literary prowess; however, it is not one of his best.

Titan! to whose immortal eyes

The sufferings of mortality,

Seen in their sad reality,

Were not as things that gods despise;

What was thy pity's recompense?


by Lord Byron

‘Solitude’ describes how a person can feel content and supported in nature, yet isolated and alone when surrounded by other people.

The poem captures Byron's sense of respect and awe in nature, though perhaps it fails to capture his infamous enjoyment of the company of others. This poem is not regarded as Byroin's best-known, but it is still well-worth reading if you enjoy the poet's work.

To sit on rocks, to muse o'er flood and fell,

To slowly trace the forest's shady scene,

Where things that own not man's dominion dwell,

And mortal foot hath ne'er or rarely been;

Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

by Lord Byron

  There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,

   There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

   There is society where none intrudes,

   By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:


by Lord Byron

‘Darkness’ by Lord Byron serves as a warning against the growing inequality in Byron’s time and a prediction for what will happen to the planet if the human race does not change. 

I had a dream, which was not all a dream.

The bright sun was extinguish'd, and the stars

Did wander darkling in the eternal space,

Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth

Epitaph to a Dog

by Lord Byron

‘Epitaph to a Dog’ by Lord Byron is also known as ‘Inscription on the Monument to a Newfoundland Dog.’ It was written in 1808 after the poet’s dog Boatswain died of rabies.

When some proud Son of Man returns to Earth,

Unknown to Glory but upheld by Birth,

The sculptor's art exhausts the pomp of woe,

And storied urns record who rests below:

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My Soul is Dark

by Lord Byron

My soul is dark - Oh! quickly string

The harp I yet can brook to hear;

And let thy gentle fingers fling

Its melting murmurs o'er mine ear.

On the Death of a Young Lady

by Lord Byron

Lord Byron wrote ‘On the Death of a Young Lady’ in memory of his cousin Margaret Parker. This poem contains great emotional content, focusing on atmosphere over the story.

Hush’d are the winds, and still the evening gloom,

Not e’en a zephyr wanders through the grove,

Whilst I return, to view my Margaret’s tomb,

And scatter flowers on the dust I love.

She Walks in Beauty

by Lord Byron

Scholars believe that ‘She Walks in Beauty’ was written when Byron met his cousin Mrs. Anne Beatrix Wilmont.

She walks in beauty, like the night

Of cloudless climes and starry skies;

And all that’s best of dark and bright

Meet in her aspect and her eyes;

Stanzas for Music

by Lord Byron

There be none of Beauty's daughters

With a magic like thee;

And like music on the waters

Is thy sweet voice to me:

The Destruction of Sennacherib

by Lord Byron

The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,

And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold;

And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea,

When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.

The Vision of Judgement

by Lord Byron

Saint Peter sat by the celestial gate:

His keys were rusty, and the lock was dull,

So little trouble had been given of late;

Not that the place by any means was full,

Thou Whose Spell Can Raise the Dead

by Lord Byron

‘Thou Whose Spell Can Raise the Dead’ by Lord Byron, told by the prophet Samuel, describes the fate of King Saul and his sons. 

Thou whose spell can raise the dead,

Bid the prophet's form appear.

"Samuel, raise thy buried head!

"King, behold the phantom seer!"

To Caroline

by Lord Byron

Think'st thou I saw thy beauteous eyes,

Suffus'd in tears, implore to stay;

And heard unmov'd thy plenteous sighs,

Which said far more than words can say?

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