Lord Byron

The bicentenary of Byron’s death – exhibition in Rome

By Region Central Italy Culture News

2024 is 200 years since the death of Romantic poet Lord Byron. The Keats-Shelley house in Rome opens a new exhibition today dedicated to Byron’s relationship with Italian culture, language and literature.

The Keats-Shelley House in Rome is commemorating the bicentenary of the death of English Romantic poet Lord Byron with a series of events. Located at the base of the Spanish Steps, the museum is hosting poetry readings, discussions, and literary gatherings to honour Byron, who spent seven years in self-imposed exile in Italy.

Among the scheduled events, internationally renowned pianist Julius Drake and tenor Ian Bostridge will present a concert themed around Byron’s works at Palazzo Doria Pamphilj on June 25th.

The Keats-Shelley House website offers a detailed timeline of Byron’s vibrant life, beginning with his departure from England in 1816. Byron, who never returned to England, resided primarily in Italy until his untimely death in Greece at the age of 36.

Escaping financial troubles and personal turmoil, Byron formed close bonds with fellow Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley at Lake Geneva before relocating to Italy.

He lived predominantly in Venice, Pisa, and Ravenna, with popular legend suggesting a temporary residence at Piazza di Spagna 66, opposite the Keats-Shelley House, in 1817.

Rome holds a significant place in Byron’s epic poem “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage,” where he immortalises the city with the words “Oh Rome! my country! city of the soul!”

Lord Byron passed away on April 19, 1824, in Messolonghi, Greece, during a fever outbreak while supporting the Greek struggle for independence from the Turks. He is interred in the family vault at Hucknall Torkard in Nottinghamshire, with a memorial stone honouring him in Poets’ Corner at Westminster Abbey.

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