Poem introduction

The style of 'Beppo', Byron’s light-hearted Venetian romp, is more relaxed than that in some of his earlier work. He wrote it in 1817 when he was living in Venice, and I’ve chosen to read some stanzas in praise of Italy and its culture, as opposed to the dour gloom of Britain, the country Byron had now left for ever. I love his description of the Italian language, which is also a language I fell passionately in love with myself.

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