The American Scholar: At the Corner of Byron and Shelley

Why is Lord Byron, an English poet, so beloved in Greece? Apparently, it’s because he was a big influence in Greece’s bid for independence against the Ottoman Empire. Byron wrote of Greece and Greek independence quite often, even before the start of the country’s revolution. His death was galvanizing for the Greek cause, especially because the day of his death was heavily symbolic for the Greeks; he died on April 19, 1824, the day after Easter.
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