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 (bī′rən), George Gordon Sixth Baron Byron. 1788-1824.
British poet acclaimed as one of the leading figures of the romantic movement. The "Byronic hero"—lonely, rebellious, and brooding—first appeared in Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1812-1818). Among his other works are Manfred (1817) and the epic satire Don Juan (1819-1824). He died while working to secure Greek independence from the Turks.

By·ron′ic (bī-rŏn′ĭk) adj.
By·ron′i·cal·ly adv.


(baɪˈrɒn ɪk)

of or like Lord Byron or his work, as in displaying romanticism.
By•ron′i•cal•ly, adv.
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Thus he created the brooding Byronic hero, a handsome, moody, charismatic aristocrat who became fashionable in the nineteenth century as well as the prototype of literary heroes across the continent.
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Chapter two, "'Thunder Without Rain': Mary Shelley, Byronic Prometheanism, and Romantic Idealism," traces not only the influence of Byron, but Shelley's conception of the Byronic hero as embodied by the real-life example of Napoleon, who also impacted the poet.
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David Frishman, the most widely known of Byron's translators, appended to his translation of Cain a substantial essay on how the Byronic hero can be used to furnish "building blocks of the new Jewish identity apposite to the Zionist cause.
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