English Poetry V - Lord Byron - Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1788–1824 AD)

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more,
From these our interviews, in which I steal
From all I may be, or have been before,
To mingle with the Universe, and feel
What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal.

The desire for wild, lonely places seems to strike a responsive chord in most people, whether as a renunciation of society (and its attendant sensory overload), a wish to be 'closer to nature' or a sense of beauty that city streets and people do not satisfy. Or perhaps it is an extension of (or even a cause of) the wanderlust thatpervades poems like yesterday's 'Golden Road to Samarkand' and Stevenson's'Vagabond'.
- From The Wandering Ministries

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage is a lengthy narrative poem written by the poet George. It was published between 1812 and 1818. The poem describes the travels and reflections of a world-weary young man who, disillusioned with a life of pleasure and revelry, looks for distraction in foreign lands; in a wider sense, it is an expression of the melancholy and disillusionment felt by a generation weary of the wars of the post-Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras. The title comes from the term childe, a medieval title for a young man who was a candidate for knighthood.

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