Romantic escape from reality in Byron’s poem “Childe Harold”

He is the mournful edge of war and crime

Left cold, without tears, without regret.

D. Byron

“Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage” is written in the form of the lyric diary of the main character – Childe Harold.

Childe Harold is a young man of noble birth. His ancestors “have won fame and honor in citizenship and on the brigand field.” The young man lived, not knowing the worries, not thinking about tomorrow. But suddenly, “in the prime of life May”, when he was 18, Childe Harold was bored and satiated – “a heart and heart disease”. Disappointed in the light, tired of pleasures, he decides to leave the land where he grew up, sits on a ship and sends “foreign heaven to greet the luminary.”

The hero of the poem, which repeats the journey of Byron himself, the poet gives the features of his contemporaries, young people from the environment well known to him.

Childe Harold is a typically romantic hero: young, disillusioned in life, people, bored, satiated, not finding his place in life. Clashes with the injustice of society – the source of his disappointment, contempt and sorrow. It is this poem due to the origin of the expression “Byronic grief” and “Byronic hero.”

The poet understood the romantic loneliness of the hero as a protest against the norms and rules of life of his circle, which Byron himself had to break, but at the same time he criticized the self-centeredness and isolation of Childe Harold. The hero is in an irreconcilable conflict with the society and his morality. His name quickly became a household name for a man who was disillusioned, protesting. Anticipating that he would be identified with Childe Harold, Byron wrote: “I do not intend to identify myself with Harold, I deny any kinship with him.” If it seems as though I painted my own portrait, believe that it’s only in places, and I do not want to admit even this… I would not like to be like my hero for anything in the world. “

The further the action unfolds, the more sharply and distinctly... the lyrical hero, embodying the author’s “I”, separates from Harold’s image. Before us is no longer a bored aristocrat, but an freedom-loving poet, with an inquisitive mind and a sympathetic heart. He enthusiastically writes about the Spanish people, who heroically defended their homeland from foreign invaders. He welcomes the city of Cadiz, who “kept faithfulness among treason,” admires the strength of the character of the Spanish.

The tragic fate of Greece can not leave Byron indifferent: “Insensitive is he who, as if over the ashes of a sweet, oh Greece, does not cry over you.” The salvation of each people is in their own struggle. This thought permeates Byron’s appeal to the Greek people: “O Greece, rise up to the struggle!” The slave must himself obtain freedom for himself! “

The poet sincerely suffers because the revolution did not bring real freedom to the people of France “and the world once again saw the violence of triumph,” but Byron is sure: liberation will come.

“Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage” is Byron’s first work, a new type of romance that differs from its predecessors. Defending the freedom of peoples, their right to a national liberation struggle, Byron did not escape from reality, but called for intervention in it.

The name of Byron, the poet, according to Pushkin’s expression, “mourned by freedom,” is always close and dear to those for whom high and beautiful feelings of people are sacred, their noble struggle against tyranny and tyranny.

Creativity Byron was innovative, it contained ideas that excited both contemporaries and future generations. The unspoken, misunderstood by Byron bulged or gave rise to new disputes, but always his creativity troubled minds, awakened the imagination. And the poet, as if foreseeing this, said:

… I did not live in vain!
Although, perhaps, under the storm of adversity,
Wrestling is broken, I will soon die out,
But something is in me that will not die,
That neither death, nor time flight,
Neither the slander of enemies will not destroy,
That in the echo of multiple will come to life.


Romantic escape from reality in Byron’s poem “Childe Harold”