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Byron and Marginality$
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Norbert Lennartz

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781474439411

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439411.001.0001

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‘Like a Flash of Inspiration’: Byron’s Marginalised Lyricism in Hebrew Melodies

‘Like a Flash of Inspiration’: Byron’s Marginalised Lyricism in Hebrew Melodies

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(p.143) Chapter 8 ‘Like a Flash of Inspiration’: Byron’s Marginalised Lyricism in Hebrew Melodies
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Byron and Marginality
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Michael O’Neill

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439411.003.0008

Despite intensive critical work on Byron’s Hebrew Melodies, they tend to be marginalised in Byron’s work. While there is a great deal of art in Byron’s lyrics, they often have an effect of a flash of inspiration. The essay (re-)examines the lyric art and imaginative force of poems frequently marginalised in accounts of Byron’s poetic career, involving comparisons with the lyricism of other poets, including Wordsworth, Shelley and Moore. Moore’s relations with Ireland are evident, Byron’s with Jewish suffering are less so, except that in his act of virtuosic empathy he can summon up Biblical cadences and imply an obscure, but deep link between apparently remote subject matter and private feeling.

Keywords:   Hebrew Melodies, Lyricism, Thomas Moore, Isaac Nathan, Jewishness

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