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Heritage of Storms: Lord Byron, His Romantic Inheritance And His Artistic Legacy
Tuesday 6 October 2020 @ 7:50 pm
Haddo Arts Festival 2020
Illustrated Talk by Liz Merry, with a short recital at 7:30 PM by Laura Smith (Clarinet) and Colin Sinclair (Piano)
Join Haddo Arts Festival on YouTube for this year’s evening of words and music, which is particularly appropriate to Haddo as the Romantic poet, Byron – “mad, bad and dangerous to know” – was a member of the Gordon family, son of rich heiress Catherine of Gight, and spent his childhood in Aberdeen, where he attended the grammar school.
Byron’s family history is a story as turbulent and passionate as that of any of his romantic and troubled heroes. The lame son of ‘Mad Jack’ Byron, gambler, renegade Guardsman and debauched seducer of high society beauties, and rich heiress Catherine Gordon of Gight, who herself came from a long line of lawless and violent Scottish aristocracy, Lord Byron’s was indeed a heritage of storms. This talk starts with a look at the background and upbringing of ‘Mrs Byron’s crooked devil’, as his schoolfellows in Aberdeen described him, his unexpected succession to the Byron title and his development as peer, philanderer and poet. The stormy political upheavals of the late c18th and early c19th century and the ongoing tide of Romanticism in art and literature show Byron very much as a child of his time. But his artistic legacy is one for all time; of all the Romantic poets Byron has been the most influential on subsequent art, literature and drama. Elizabeth Merry looks at this legacy and sees how Byron is still making waves today.
Please note that this talk will not be available to watch after the broadcast at 7:50 PM, so this is a one-off event!.
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