sciousness that can only be carried out in words but that cannot be defined
in them. The act of the poem's mind, then, is an understanding that
changes and brings about change. In Don Juan--to adapt a contemporary
formulation of a fragment from Herakleitos--"What does not change / is
the will to change."
For a discussion of these matters see my Fiery Dust: Byron's Poetic Development
( Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1968), chap. 1, and Lord Byron: Complete Poetical
Jerome J. McGann ( Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980-) 1: 360-63. The latter
work is hereafter referred to as CPW.
See poems 24, 25, 28, in CPW 1.
CPW, 1:426-27 and 2:268-71.
For complete bibliographical details see Byron's Works: Poetry, ed.
E. H. Coleridge
( London: John Murray, 1901-1904) 7:180-84 and T. J. Wise, Byron: A Bibliography . . . ( London: n.p., 1932-33) 1:50-54. The history of the book's publication is
discussed in the CPW, 2: 268-69. The prose quotations below from Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. A Romaunt are taken from the first edition, and page numbers are given in
For a more detailed discussion of the context and meaning of the poem see CPW,
2, and Fiery Dust, part 2.
See Byron's Letters and Journals, ed.
Leslie A. Marchand ( Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1973-82) 9:41; hereafter referred to as BLJ.
See the commentaries to the Oriental Tales in CPW, 3.
CPW, 3:406-415. For an excellent discussion of the political aspects of two of the
books of Byron's tales see
Peter Manning, "Tales and Politics: The Corsair, Lara, and The
White Doe of Rylstone," in Byron. Poetry and Politics . . . , ed.
E. A. Stürzl and
( Salzburg: Institut für Englische Sprache und Literatur, 1981), pp. 204-30.
For a discussion of the history of the poem's publication see Don Juan: A Variorum Edition, ed.
T. G. Steffan and
W. W. Pratt ( Austin, Tex.: University of Texas Press, 1958) 1:25-52 passim (hereafter cited as DJV).
See DJV, 2:3-20 and 4:4-15. The preface is placed at the beginning of the text
of Don Juan in DJV as well as its sequel, the Penguin modernized edition. Leslie A.
Marchand's school edition also places it at the poem's beginning. Such a placement is
seriously misleading, however, for Byron not only left this preface in an uncompleted
state, he discarded it.
Medwin's Conversations of Lord Byron, ed.
Ernest J. Lovell Jr. ( Princeton, NJ.: Princeton University Press, 1966), pp. 164-5.
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Book title: Poems in Their Place:The Intertextuality and Order of Poetic Collections.
Contributors: Neil Fraistat - Editor.
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press.
Place of publication: Chapel Hill, NC.
Publication year: 1986.
Page number: 271.
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