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The works of George Gordon Lord Byron have long been controversial nearly as controversial as his lifestyle Gordon Byron was born with a clubfoot and his sensitivity to it haunted his life and his works Despite being a very handsome child a fragile self-esteem made Byron extremely sensitive to criticism of himself or of his poetry and he tended to make enemies rather quickly The young Byron was often unhappy and lonely any many of his works seem to be a sort of introspective therapy Throughout his writings and life history there is much evidence to suggest that his poetry was greatly influenced by his mental instability In many ways Byron seems to use his work as an escape from a difficult reality The lengthy poem Don Juan offers an especially intimate glimpse of Byrons psyche In order to understand the depth of Byrons psychological troubles and their influence on his poetry it is important to examine Byrons heritage and his upbringing Young George Gordon inherited the title of Lord Byron at the age of six This him a rank in society and a bit of wealth to go along with it Byrons heritage is a colorful one His paternal line includes the Wicked Lord Mad Jack and Foul Weather Jack Grosskurth 6 The family propensity for eccentric behavior was acerbated by young George Gordons upbringing When Byron was just three his financially irresponsible father died leaving the family with a heavy burden of debt Byrons mother then proudly moved from the meager lodging in Aberdeen Scotland to England Young Byron fell in love with the ghostly halls and spacious grounds of Newstead Abbey which had been presented to the Byrons
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