The Giaour

The Giaour The Giaour is a narrative poem written by George Byron in The poem is set in the time of Muslim rule The story is told from three different points of view It is a tale of love revenge and repent

  • Title: The Giaour
  • Author: George Gordon Byron
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The Giaour is a narrative poem written by George Byron in 1813 The poem is set in the time of Muslim rule The story is told from three different points of view It is a tale of love, revenge and repentance Almost it is fragmented, full of adventure and courage that leads a slave to fight a Lord.

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    1. This is such a dark and twisted poem that sees a Byronic hero in his full force. The hero is persecuted and haunted by his actions; he has become less they he once was. He has murdered a man in the name of justice, but he is full regret for such a brutal act. His soul is divided. He is full of melancholy and woe, but at the route of his being is a real awareness that he is himself responsible for his own state. Thus he surrounds himself in darkness. He is a figure both contemptable and pitiable. [...]

    2. Lo mío definitivamente no es la poesía porque a) no entiendo la mitad porque siempre se van por las ramas y b) me da sueño. Lo bueno de ese poema es que sobre el final empecé a entender de qué iba la historia y el papel del vampiro (giaour) en ella :).

    3. I enjoyed the first of the so-called Turkish tales that Byron wrote. Good storytelling and pacing. I also enjoyed reading a note of his about the Muslim call to prayer. He writes that it is "solemn and beautiful beyond all the bells of Christendom" (p. 21). I felt the same way when I heard it in Morocco.

    4. Byron's prowess in overdrive. Read this poem not for its narrative (which is virtually drowned by the poetry), but for its stunning lyricism.

    5. An Orientalist spin on the lays of Walter Scott, Byron's Giaour is a taut little narrative, certainly compared to the sprawling Childe Harold. A "giaour", as Byron himself tells us, is an infidel, and this poem a tale of passion and vengeance in the Orient with apostasy against Islam as a running theme. Byron has little interest in theology as such, but, like many contemporaries, was clearly drawn to the Orient as a site of emotional intensity. Religion is of interest mainly as a catalyst to fer [...]

    6. This is a TEN star poem!!! When I started to read the very first lines of the Giaour (and that was the first time I had ever read Byron´s poetry), I was so overwhelmed by the great beauty and the lovely sound and symmetry of his lines that my heart could not take more emotion and I had to stop for some minutes in order to be able to "digest" the beauty and the perfection of the first lines. I worship this poem, I worship everyting Lord Byron has ever written and I must tell you that this poem i [...]

    7. George Byron mastered verse novel to perfection. His characters are the quintessences of a romantic period: lonely individualists, rebells against the commonly accepted schemes, adamant, mysterious, rejected by society. Giaour is a character who, despite his sins, awakens in us sympathy for him and his tragic fate.The Giaour, also, shows romantic fascination of orientalism: Byron wrote it in 1813, right after his journey, which included Greece (then occupied by Turkey). Due to Byron engagement i [...]

    8. When he was joined by his friends Percy Bysshe Shelley and his lover Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (later Mary Shelley), in Switzerland, they discussed galvanism, and the reconstitution of human flesh, and they read German ghost stories, and then Lord Bryon suggested they write their own tales of the macabre. Out of this one meeting Mary Shelley produced Frankenstein, and Byron produced this, a short fragment of a proposed story, one that would help give birth to the romantic vampire myth.Like Shel [...]

    9. Written during the same mediterranean excursion that birthed Childe Harold, one would not be reproached for reading "The Giaour" the same way he reads "Childe Harold"—that is to say, reading it as Byron writing about (who else but) himself. Though he denied the pseudonymity of Harold until the fourth canto (and, like, didn't fool anyone), Byron never really gave a say on whether or not he was pseudonymously writing about himself with Hassan, the protagonist of this poem. One wonders, though, w [...]

    10. The story is fragmentary as all that and it often took me out of the narrative, but the lyricism of it is beautiful, especially the tempo and the Romanticist imagery. Normally, I’d give it more, but I think this is a story meant to be heard, not read. Since I did half-and-half, I suggest you try out the free audiobook versions out there.Speaking of, many thanks to Grant Hurlock for volunteering to read the free audiobook version on LibriVox!

    11. I'm glad this synopsis told me what this story is about because I had no clue. It was on my list because it was supposed to be one of the first times a vampire was mentioned in English Literature. And it was. Byron's poetry is beautiful but I definitely don't understand it much :)

    12. My favorite of Byron's. I remember finding a very small, very old, and very dusty version of it in the small library when I was growing up, and just being swept away by it's visual gate and punch perfect pacing.

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