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The Blind and Blindness in Literature of the Romantic Period$
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Edward Larrissy

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632817

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632817.001.0001

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Byron and Shelley: The Blindness of Reason

Byron and Shelley: The Blindness of Reason

(p.172) Chapter 7 Byron and Shelley: The Blindness of Reason
The Blind and Blindness in Literature of the Romantic Period

Edward Larrissy

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses blindness that can be found in the works of Percy Shelley and Lord Byron, and looks at the most significant example of the blind in Byron's work: ‘the blind Old Man’. It also considers the role of the old man in the Coliseum in the Childe Harold IV, and looks at how simile was used to convey the human incapacity to directly see the truth, even identifying two types of blindness.

Keywords:   Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, blind Old Man, Childe Harold IV, simile, types of blindness

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