Picture of Lord Byron, poet; nineteenth century British Literature / English Literature and poetry
Book Art by Jim Rosenau
Byron's Maids
On this day in 1812 Lord Byron spoke for the first time in the House of Lords, choosing for his topic the recent Luddite rioting. Byron was twenty-four, recently returned from the obligatory Grand Tour of Europe, and ready for a career; had his speech been the success he hoped for, there is every chance that the career might have been in politics, rather than in poetry and persecution.

 

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