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Byron,  cont . Structure and Organization of  Childe Harold , Canto II: 1. Stanzas I-XV: Byron’s speaker ruminates upon the ruin of the  Acropolis: Incl. his lament for Greece, a once-great but now fallen nation;  his criticism of Lord Elgin; and his apostrophe (in stanza IX) to  a deceased lover; 2. Stanzas XVI-XLI: Harold’s passage from Spain to Albania: Incl. description of actual places passed (Morocco, Malta, the  cliff from which the poet Sappho is said to have jumped); a  mention of a “Florence” – a lover of Harold’s; and several  stanzas glorifying nature; 3. Stanzas XLII- LXXII: Albania: Incl. description of rugged, mountainous terrain; of the court of  Ali Pasha; and a song of war; 4. Stanzas LXXIII-XCVIII: Back to Greece: Incl. renewed lament about its fallen state (now associated with  youth itself); and two concluding points (both return to subjects  introduced at start of canto): A discussion of the sad tourists who will still come to  Greece (and another allusion to Lord Elgin);  A final apostrophe to the speaker’s deceased lover: o Speaker will return to world now, sad and alone: his  woes “alloy’d” to those of antiquity (Greece as a  symbol of speaker’s own psychic state).
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This note was uploaded on 06/15/2011 for the course ENG 283 taught by Professor Bennion during the Spring '10 term at South Carolina.

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