George Gordon Byron: Beppo ( words) In Beppo the garrulous narrator tells the story of how Beppo (short for Guiseppe) disappears on a sea voyage. Beppo (Byron, versions). From Wikisource For works with similar titles, see Beppo. Versions of Versions of Beppo, a Venetian story include. observations: Byron’s poem is set in Venice at Carnevale: the season of joy and pleasure preceding Lent. Heroine Laura thinks she is widowed.

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No wonder such accomplishments should turn A female head, however sage and steady – With scarce a hope that Beppo could return, In law he was almost as good as dead, he Nor sent, nor wrote, nor show’d the least concern, And she had waited several years already; And really if a man won’t let us know That he’s alive, he’s deador should be so. Look you lisp, and wear strange suits; disable all the benefits of your own country; be out of love with your Nativity, and almost chide God for making you that countenance you are; or I will scarce think that you have swam in a Gondola.

It’s very easy for writers, like other people, to slip into their professional roles, to let it take over their personalities.

Beppo, A Venetian Story – Poem by George Gordon Byron

Byron used the Italian ottava rima stanza, which he would go on to use for his long c…. I don’t mean to be coarse, But that’s the penalty, to say no worse.

The name of this Aurora I’ll not mention, Although I might, for she was nought to me More than that patent work of God’s invention, A charming woman, whom byrn like to see; But writing names would merit reprehension, Yet beeppo you like to find out this fair sheAt the next London or Parisian ball You still may mark her cheek out-blooming all.

The real hero of the piece is the poet himself Byron once criticised Wordsworth for making “the bard the hero of the story”who digresses chattily from stanza to stanza on a variety of topics, including his own life. The skies and the more duskily the better. And you tied it into Byron, too! But there is a lot more discussion and digression in the poem, which is enjoyable, easy to read, and very funny.

They went to the Ridotto ’tis a place To which I mean to go myself to-morrow, Just to divert my thoughts a little space, Because I’m rather hippish, and may borrow, Some spirits, guessing at what kind of face May lurk beneath each mask; and as my sorrow Slackens its pace sometimes, I’ll make, or find, Something shall leave it half an hour behind.


Byron, here, is imagining himself as a non-poet, and the genius of the move lies in the fact that he imagines himself more or less the same, only unsuccessful – and, crucially, a little more inclined to prose. On the other hand, the device allows him to add the kind of “real” texture that has begun to matter to him. The Count and Laura found their boat at last, And homeward floated o’er the silent tied, Discussing all the dances gone and past; The dancers and their dresses, too, beside; Some little scandals eke; but all aghast As to their palace-stairs the rowers glide Sate Laura by the side of her Adorer, When lo!

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Beppo (Byron, versions)

Giggling with all the gallants who beset her. She said, – what could she say? One of his digressions describes the treatment of wives in Muslim countries, their confinement, both physical and spiritual, with strange and ironic commendation: Having accumulated enough money he left piracy and returned to reclaim his wife and be re-baptized.

Heppo himself, as he makes clear in this poem, is suspicious of writers defined entirely by their art. What would youth be without love! To turn, – and return; – the devil take it! The poor dear Mussulwomen whom I mention Have none of these instructive pleasant people, And one would seem to them a new invention, Unknown as bells within a Turkish steeple; I think ‘t would almost be worth while to pension though best-sown projects ver often reap ill A missionary author, just to preach Our Christian usage of the parts of speech.

The poem manifests a number of typical Byronic qualities, like the digressive structure and the use of satirical jabs at targets familiar to Byron’s readership, such as literate women and as well as other poets including Robert Southeywho appears as byfon. But saving this, you may put on whate’er You like by way of doublet, cape, or cloak. Which means that I like all and everything. The morning now was on the point of breaking A turn of time beplo which I would advise Ladies who have been dancing, or partaking In any other kind of exercise, To make their preparations for forsaking The ball-room ere the sun begins to rise, Because when once the lamps and candles fail, His blushes make them look a little pale.

How short your hair is!

No, I never Saw a man grown so yellow! A few months later, he began work on “Beppo”, and in it he tried to capture something of the flavour of his Venetian life, and something of the personality he had described to Moore.


But to my story. That is to say, if your religion’s Roman, And you at Rome would do as Romans do, According to the proverb, – although no man If foreign, is obliged to fast; and you If Protestant, or sickly, or a woman, Would rather dine in sin on a ragout – Dine and be damned! Meantime the Goddess I’ll no more importune, Unless vyron thank her when she’s made my fortune. Then he was faithful too, as well as amorous; So that no sort of female could complain, Although they’re now and then a little clamourous, He never put the pretty souls in pain; His heart was one of those which most enamour us, Wax to receive, and marble to retain: Heppo this article If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your ‘Account’ here.

It seems a little inhuman to them, omniscient, pure, etc. But the Count courteously invited in The stranger, much appeased by what he heard: He was a lover of the good old school, Who still become more constant as they cool.

Beppo: a Venetian Story by Lord Byron

It is less than two years since his separation, the facts of which, among many rumours, had remained in the public eye. When the two of them attend the Beppi Carnivalshe is closely observed by a Turk who turns out to be her missing husband.

I’ve never heard of this Byron poem and in fact Byron doesn’t really do it for me, although he did have an interesting life. Eve of the land which still is Paradise!

Byron made good on the pun, too, and was writing up the famous memoirs his life around the time he was working on “Beppo”. Crush’d was Napoleon by the northern Thor, Who knock’d his army down with icy hammer, Stopp’d by the elementslike a whaler, or A blundering novice in bbeppo new French grammar; Byrn cause had he to doubt the chance of war, And as for Fortune – but I dare not d–n her, Because, were I to ponder to infinity, The more I should believe in her divinity.

Self-mockery is also the device he employs to justify his mockery of others.

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