Coda: With Byron on Acrocorinth

  • William S. Davis


In this chapter, we return to the very spot on the Greek landscape where we began in Chap.  2: Acrocor inth. I argue that we can read Byron’s The Siege of Corinth as a poem of resistance to the trope of oneness . Byron, unconcerned with the crisis of subjectivity that plagued so many other poets and thinkers of the era, takes up the trope of melding into one—with nature and with a female object of desire—only to set it down again. He thus rejects vibrant materiality in favour of earthly corporeality. In the poem’s concluding scene, an enormous explosion of gunpowder atop Acrocorinth, which sends body parts flying into the air in bloody confusion, Byron appears, with some irony, to literalize the metaphor of “one with all.”


Byron The siege of Corinth Resistance to romantic unity Irony 


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  • William S. Davis
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  1. 1.Program in Comparative LiteratureColorado CollegeColorado SpringsUSA

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