The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4

Poetry

Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 171,787 / 549 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 63.4
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,628
Added to site: 2006.12.23
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Genre: Poetry
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on_, says Moore (_Life_, p. 320), was written at Ouchy, near Lausanne, where Byron and Shelley "were detained two days in a small inn [Hôtel de l'Ancre, now d'Angleterre] by the weather." Byron's letter to Murray, dated June 27 (but? 28), 1816, does not precisely tally with Shelley's journal contained in a letter to Peacock, July 12, 1816 (_Prose Works of P. B. Shelley_, 1880, ii. 171, _sq._); but, if Shelley's first date, June 23, is correct, it follows that the two poets visited the Castle of Chillon on Wednesday, June 26, reached Ouchy on Thursday, June 27, and began their homeward voyage on Saturday, June 29 (Shelley misdates it June 30). On this reckoning the _Prisoner of Chillon_ was begun and finished between Thursday, June 27, and Saturday, June 29, 1816. Whenever or wherever begun, it was completed by July 10 (see _Memoir of John Murray_, 1891, i. 364), and was ready for transmission to England by July 25. The MS., in Claire's handwriting, was placed in Murray's hands on October 11, and the poe

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