Welcome to the Byron Society

Byron (1788-1824) was an English Romantic poet. He was of noble birth. In 1809 he began to travel to Spain, Greece and Turkey, where he sympathised with and supported the people’s struggle against feudalism, invasion and child destruction.

In 1812, he spoke in Parliament, defending the movement to destroy the machines of the workers who were impoverished after the Industrial Revolution, opposing the Security Act passed by Parliament and denouncing the British ruling clique’s treatment of the workers。And in 1813, he published a series of “Oriental Narrative Poems”, criticising Britain for being a country that was – out of the country.

In 1823 he joined the Greek War of National Independence and died on 10 April 1824 after a long illness. Byron’s masterpiece is the long satirical poem Don Juan. His work had a great influence on European Romantic literature.

The “Byronic heroes” are a series of individualistic rebels in Byron’s work who bear the stamp of Byron’s intellectual temperament and personality. These rebels are talented individuals who, for personal reasons, rise up against the power of the state, the social order and religious morality, but without a clear purpose for their struggle; they seek personal freedom, but often shut themselves off in solitude and arrogance, and their struggle always ends in failure. Their spirituality is defiant, solitary and romantic. They are represented mainly by Conrad in The Pirates, Harold in Childe Harold’s Travels and Manfred in Manfred.

Byronic heroes are both dissatisfied with reality and unable to find a way out. They are passionate, brave, strong-willed, proud and lonely, with a heart of earthly sorrow that defies fate and generally ends in defeat and death. They are pirates, pagans and exiles, mostly proud, lonely, stubborn rebels who are at odds with a sinful society, fighting alone against their fate and seeking freedom, but always ending up in defeat. Through their struggles, Byron shows his uncompromising defiance of society, while reflecting his own melancholy, loneliness and wandering anguish. These figures are called “Byronic heroes” because they are characteristic of the author’s own ideology and character.

On the one hand, they are freedom lovers, freedom seekers, advocates of human fairness and equality, sympathisers of the people’s independent revolutionary struggle, contemptuous of tyranny, sworn enemies of the evil forces of society, and determined to take revenge. On the other hand, they were independent, secretive and extreme. Their ideology was based on individualism and liberalism, they fought alone and far from the masses, and they had no clear objectives, and therefore ended up in failure.

The Byron Society celebrates the life and works of Lord George Gordon Byron (1788-1824), a poet, traveller and revolutionary.

Based in London, but hosting events around the UK and abroad, the Byron Society brings together all those interested in the famous Romantic poet Lord Byron, whose controversial works and astonishing life have entranced readers for more than 200 years.

Established in the nineteenth century the Society was re-founded in London in 1971 to promote a wider and deeper knowledge of Byron’s life, works and circle. We offer you the chance to discover more about Byron, and to share your interest through talks, lectures, poetry readings, book launches, dinners, trips and other events.

We are a non-profit organisation and a registered charity.