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Rethinking British Romantic History, 1770–1845$
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Porscha Fermanis and John Regan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199687084

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687084.001.0001

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The Same Rehearsal of the Past

The Same Rehearsal of the Past

Byron and the Aesthetics of History and Culture

(p.205) 9 The Same Rehearsal of the Past
Rethinking British Romantic History, 1770–1845

Michael O’Neill

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers Byron’s mode of apprehending and depicting history through art. It argues that, in converting external facts into internal psycho-dramas in poems such as Lara (1814) and Don Juan (1819–24), Byron’s poetry acts as a self-aware act of creation, a means of temporarily replenishing the void by replacing dead facts with living performative energies.. Art is often a poor recompense for life in Byron’s work, but even when despairing of redemption through writing, Byron deconstructs the aesthetic through aesthetic means, a contradiction which is vital in understanding the imaginative yield of his treatment of history. Byron’s conflicted achievement, then, is to suggest that the outcomes of the compensatory processes of the imagination are at once uplifting and chilling: as history accumulates its stores of losses, art asserts a capacity to survive that is also tinged with loss.

Keywords:   Byron, Don Juan, Lara, history, aesthetics, aesthetics of history

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