Lord Byron has been called a vital embodiment of post-Renaissance poetry. His work is that of a proud individualist asserting the primacy of instinct through agonized self-conflict. Born in 1788, Byron is considered one of the greatest poets of the Romantic Movement. This volume presents critical commentary from his lifetime and beyond to provide a thorough and thought-provoking portrait of this essential poet's evolving reputation. This new title in the ""Bloom's Classic Critical Views"" series also features a chronology of Lord Byron's life, an index of the volume, and an introductory essay by noted literary scholar Harold Bloom.