George Gordon Byron: To Ianthe

Drawn by R. Westall and engraved by W. Finden – Lady Charlotte Harley as Ianthe (1833) – from Wikimedia Commons

Lord Byron’s long poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage was published between 1812 and 1818, the first two Cantos in 1812, the third in 1816 and the fourth in 1818, and each edition added some new material. The seventh edition appeared on February 1, 1814, with nine poems added to the twenty already published, and a poem titled “To Ianthe” was prefixed to the First Canto. Written in the autumn of 1812, it was dedicated to Lady Charlotte Harley. CONTINUE READING / CONTINUER LA LECTURE…

George Gordon Byron: Maid of Athens, ere we part

Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Irène Cahen d’Anvers (ca 1880) - from Wikisource

Pierre-Auguste Renoir – Irène Cahen d’Anvers (ca 1880) – from Wikimedia Commons

In 1809–10, the poet George Gordon Byron briefly resided in Athens. He fell in love with the 12 years old Teresa Makri (Τερέζα Μακρή), in whose mother’s house he lodged. In a letter to Henry Drury he said to be “dying for love of three Greek Girls at Athens”: “Teresa, Mariana, and Kattinka”. Before departing for Istanbul, he wrote for Teresa the poem Maid of Athens, ere we part. The poem was first published in Childe Harold in 1812. CONTINUE READING…