Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Lord Byron: A Chronology of His Works

NB. As the title indicates, this is a chronology of Byron’s works; the life is reduced to a few key events. The man who emerges from the works is considered a great deal more important than the man as he appeared outwardly to the world. The writings are more important than the doings. All dates are taken from the Coleridge edition of the poetical (7 vols., 1898–1904) or the Marchand one of the letters and journals (12 vols., 1972–83). Short poems are given with the dates they were signed with; if only the year is known, the poems are listed in the end of it. For longer poems, dates of beginning, progress and completion are given as accurately as they are known. Places of writing are added when known with certainty. First editions are in blue to distinguish them easily from dates of writing and other entries. Additions to later editions by LB are also marked in blue. For more info on bibliographical matters, see here.

 

1788

·       Jan 22. Born, London.

1790

·       Moves to Aberdeen with his mother. Childhood in Scotland. Attends Aberdeen Grammar School (1794-8).

1791

·       Jan 22. 3rd birthday.

·       Aug 2. Father John “Mad Jack” Byron dies in France.

1798

·       Jan 22. 10th birthday.

·       May 21. Uncle William Byron (the Wicked Lord) dies. Becomes 6th Baron Byron.

1801

·       Apr. Enters Harrow.

1802

·       Nov. “To E----”.

·       n.d. “On the Death of a Young Lady, Cousin to the Author, and very dear to him”

1803

·       Jan 22. 15th birthday.

·       Feb. “To D----”

·       n.d. “Elegy on Newstead Abbey”, “On Leaving Newstead Abbey”, “Epitaph on a Beloved Friend” (Harrow), “When, to their airy hall, my Fathers’ voice”.

1804

·       Jan 22. 16th birthday.

·       Jul. “Reply to an Italian nun” (“Dear simple girl...”).

·       Dec 1. School exercise from the “Prometheus Vinctus” of Aeschylus, Harrow.

1805

·       Jan 22. 17th birthday.

·       Jul. “On Change of Masters at a Great Public School”, Harrow.

·       Jul. Leaves Harrow after four years of attendance.

·       Oct. Enters Trinity College, Cambridge.

·       n.d. “To Caroline” (“Think’st thou I saw thy beauteous eyes”), “To Caroline” (“Oh! when shall the grave hide for ever my sorrow?”), “To Caroline” (“When I hear you express an affection so warm”), “To Emma”, “To Caroline” (“You say you love, and yet your eye”, unknown year, possibly also 1805), “To the Duke of Dorset”, Translation from Anacreon (Ode 5), Ossian's Address to the Sun in “Carthon”, “A Woman’s Hair”.

1806

·       Jan 22. 18th birthday.

·       Oct 9. “To Eliza”, Southwell.

·       Oct 26. “The Tear”.

·       Oct 27. “Reply to Some Verses of J. M. B. Pigot, Esq., on the Cruelty of His Mistress”.

·       Oct 28. “Granta: A Medley”.

·       Oct. “On the Death of Mr. Fox”, Southwell.

·       Nov 7. “To M---”.

·       Nov 16. “Imitated from Catullus: To Ellen”.

·       Nov 26. “Answer to Some Elegant Verses Sent by a Friend to the Author, Complaining that One of His Descriptions was Rather Too Warmly Drawn”.

·       Nov. Fugitive Pieces privately printed and suppressed.

·       Dec 1. “To a Knot of Ungenerous Critics”.

·       Dec 23. “The First Kiss of Love”.

·       Dec 29. “L’amité est l’amour sans ailes”.

·       Dec. “Soliloquy of a Bard in the Country”; “The Prayer of Nature”.

·       n.d. “Adrian’s to His Soul when Dying” (trans. of Hadrian’s Latin), “On a Distant View of the Village and School of Harrow on the Hill”, “Thoughts Suggested by a College Examination”, “To a Beautiful Quaker”, “To Lesbia”, “Answer to a Beautiful Poem, Written by Montgomery”, “Lines Addressed to the Rev. J. T. Becher on His Advising the Author to Mix More with Society”, “Fragment, Written Shortly After the Marriage of Miss Chaworth”, “Remembrance”, “To A Lady, Who Presented the Author with the Velvet Band which Bound her Tresses”.

1807

·       Jan 10. “To Marion”.

·       Jan 14. “On the Eyes of Miss A--- H---”.

·       Jan 15. “To a Vain Lady”.

·       Jan 16. “To Anne” (“Oh, Anne, your offences to me have been grievous”).

·       Jan 22. 19th birthday.

·       Jan. “To ---”.

·       Jan. Poems on Various Occasions (48 poems). Anonymous, privately printed, 36 poems from the suppressed Fugitive Pieces (Nov 1806).

·       Mar 8. “To the Author of a Sonnet”.

·       Jun. Hours of Idleness, 1st edn. 1st officially published work (39 poems).

·       Sep 2. “Lines Written Beneath an Elm in the Churchyard of Harrow”.

·       Sep. “On Revisiting Harrow”.

·       n.d. “To the Earl of Clare”, “The Adieu, Written under the Impression that the Author Would Soon Die”, “To Anne” (“Oh say not, sweet Anne, that the Fates have decreed”), “On Finding a Fan”, “Farewell to the Muse”, “To an Oak at Newstead”, “To My Son”.

1808

·       Jan 22. 20th birthday.

·       Feb 23. Song (“Breeze of the night in gentler sighs”).

·       Jun 10. “There Was          a Time, I Need not Name”.

·       Aug 12. “And Wilt Thou Weep When I Am Low?”.

·       Aug 13. “Remind Me Not, Remind Me Not”.

·       Aug 20. “To a Youthful Friend”.

·       Sep. Takes residence at Newstead Abbey.

·       Oct 30. “Inscription on the Monument of a Newfoundland Dog”, Newstead Abbey.

·       Nov 2. “Well! Thou Art Happy”.

·       Oct-Nov. Works on English Bards and Scotch Reviewers.

·       Dec 2. “To a Lady, On Being Asked My Reason for Quitting England in the Spring”.

·       n.d. “Lines Inscribed upon a Cup from a Skull”, Newstead Abbey.

·       n.d. Poems Original and Translated, 2nd edn. of Hours of Idleness (38 poems, 5 published for the 1st time).

1809

·       Jan 22. 21st birthday.

·       Mar. English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, 1st edn. (696 lines).

·       Spring/summer. Prepares 2nd edn. of English Bards.

·       Jul 2. Sails from Falmouth on the Lisbon packet Princess Elizabeth.

·       Jul 7. Arrives in Lisbon.

·       Jul 12-16. Visits Cintra.

·       Jul 20. Leaves Lisbon on horseback for Seville.

·       Jul 25. Arrives in Seville.

·       Jul 29. Arrives in Cadiz.

·       Jun 30. “Lines to Mr Hodgson”.

·       Aug 4. Arrives in Gibraltar.

·       Aug 16. Sails from Gibraltar on the Townshend Packet.

·       Aug 31. Arrives in Malta. Affair with Mrs Spencer Smith (“Florence”).

·       Sep 14. “Lines written in an Album, at Malta”.

·       Sep 19. Sails from Malta in brig-of-war Spider.

·       Sep 23. Between Kefallonia and Zakynthos (Ionian Islands).

·       Sep 26. Anchor off Patras.

·       Sep 27. Between Ithaca and the mainland.

·       Sep 29. Lands at Prevesa.

·       Sep. “To Florence”.

·       Oct 1. Leaves Prevesa for Janina (modern Greece); “Stanzas composed during a Thunderstorm”.

·       Oct 5. Arrives in Janina.

·       Oct 11. Leaves Janina for Tepeleni (modern Albania).

·       Oct 19. Arrives in Tepeleni.

·       Oct 20. Received by Ali Pacha.

·       Oct 23. Leaves Tepeleni for Janina.

·       Oct 26. Arrives in Janina.

·       Oct 31. Begins Childe Harold, Canto I, Janina, Albania.

·       Oct. English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, 2nd edn. (1050 lines).

·       Nov 3. Leaves Janina for Prevesa.

·       Nov 8. Arrives in Prevesa.

·       Nov 8. Leaves Prevesa, anchors off Parga.

·       Nov 10 – Dec 25. Roams around Greece by land and sea, including the Ambracian Gulf, the Gulf of Corinth, Missolonghi, Thebes and Delphi.

·       Nov 14. “Stanzas written in passing the Ambracian Gulf”.

·       Dec 25. Arrives in Athens.

·       Dec 30. Finishes the first canto of Childe Harold.

·       n.d. “Stanzas to a Lady, on Leaving England”; “The Girl of Cadiz” (replaced with “To Inez” in Child Harold); “To Dives: A Fragment”.

1810

·       Jan 13. Visits Eleusis.

·       Jan 16. Visits Mount Pentelicus.

·       Jan 16. “The Spell is broke, the Charm is flown!”.

·       Jan 19. Leaves Athens, arrives in Vari.

·       Jan 22. 22nd birthday.

·       Jan 23. Visits the temple of Athena in Sunium (Sounion).

·       Jan 25. Visits the plain of Marathon.

·       Jan 25. “To Inez”; incorporated into Childe Harold, I, 84-85.

·       Jan 26. Returns to Athens.

·       Mar 5. Leaves Athens aboard the sloo-of-war Pylades.

·       Mar 8. Arrives in Smyrna (modern Turkey, west coast).

·       Mar 13. Leaves Smyrna.

·       Mar 15. Visits the temple of Artemis at Ephesus.

·       Mar 16. Leaves Ephesus, returns to Smyrna.

·       Mar 28. Finishes Childe Harold, Canto II, Smyrna.

·       Apr 11. Sails from Smyrna on the frigate Salsette.

·       Apr 12. Anchors off Tenedos, an island near the Hellespont.

·       Apr 13. Visits the ruins of Alexandria Troas.

·       Apr 16. Attempts to swim the Hellespont, explores the Troad.

·       May 3. Swims the Hellespont together with Mr Ekenhead.

·       May 9. “Written after swimming from Sestos to Abydos”.

·       May 13. Arrives in Constantinople.

·       Jun. Translation of the Nurse’s Dole in the Medea of Euripides.

·       Jul 10. An Ambassador’s audience with Sultan Mahmoud II.

·       Jul 14. Sails from Constantinople on the frigate Salsette.

·       Jul 18. Returns to Athens.

·       Jul 21. Leaves for Morea.

·       Jul 26. Arrives at Patras.

·       Aug. Visits Veli Pasha, Tripolitza.

·       Sep. Second excursion to Morea

·       Oct 13. Returns to Athens.

·       Oct. “My Epitaph”.

·       n.d. “Lines in the Travellers’ Book at Orchomenus”; “Maid of Athens, ere we part”; “Substitute for an Epitaph”.

1811

·       Jan 22. 23rd birthday.

·       Jan. “Lines written beneath a Picture”.

·       Mar 11-14. Hints form Horace (844 lines final version, some lines added in Jun), Capuchin Convent, Athens.

·       Mar 17. “The Curse of Minerva” (312 lines), Capuchin Convent, Athens.

·       Mar. “On Parting”.

·       Apr 22. Sails from Greece on the Hydra.

·       Apr 30. Arrives in Malta.

·       Jun 2. Leaves Malta for England on the frigate Volage.

·       Jul 14. Lands at Sheerness. Divides time between London and Newstead.

·       May 16. “Epitaph for Joseph Blacket, late Poet and Shoemaker”.

·       May 26. “Farewell to Malta”.

·       Aug 1. Mother dies.

·       Aug 26. “Newstead Abbey”.

·       Sep 14. “On Moore’s Last Operatic Farce, or Farcical Opera”.

·       Oct 11. “To Thyrza”; “Epistle to a Friend”.

·       Dec 8. “Away, away, ye Notes of Woe!”.

·       n.d. “Well! Thou art happy”.   

·       n.d. English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, 5th edn. (1070 lines, final version).

1812

·       Jan 22. 24th birthday.

·       Feb 27. Maiden speech in House of Lords.

·       Mar 10. Childe Harold I & II, 1st edn. + 14 poems. Final version reached in 7th edn. (Feb 1814): 93+109 stanzas, 836+926 = 1762 lines.

·       Apr 17. Childe Harold I & II, 2nd edn. + 6 new poems (20 all).

·       Apr. Begins liaison with Lady Caroline Lamb.

·       Jun 27. Childe Harold I & II, 3rd edn.

·       Sep 14. Childe Harold I & II, 4th edn., “Addition to the Preface”.

·       Oct. “The Waltz”.

·       Dec 5. Childe Harold I & II, 5th edn.

·       n.d. “On the Quotation”; “To the Honble. Mrs. George Lamb”.  

1813

·       Jan 15. “By the Rivers of Babylon we sat down and wept”; “Herod’s Lament for Mariamne”.

·       Jan 22. 25th birthday.

·       Mar. Writes 1st version of The Giaour. “The Waltz” privately printed.

·       May 19. To Thomas Moore (“Oh you, who in all names can tickle the town”).

·       Spring. “The Waltz” (257 lines), 1st edn. Anonymous.

·       Jun 2. “On Lord Thurlow’s Poems”.

·       Jun 5. The Giaour, 1st edn. (685 lines).

·       Aug 11. Childe Harold I & II, 6th edn.

·       Aug. Liaison with Augusta.

·       Sep. “Impromptu, in Reply to a Friend”.

·       Nov 13. Begins keeping 1st journal. Until 19 Apr 1814.

·       Nov 27. The Giaour, 7th edn. (1334 lines, final version).

·       Nov 29. The Bride of Abydos (2 cantos, 1215 lines), 1st edn. Four editions more until the end of the year: 8 lines added to Canto II (483+732 lines).

·       Nov. Writes The Bride of Abydos.

·       Dec. The Bride of Abydos (2 cantos, 1215 lines), 1st edn.

·       Dec 9. “The Devil’s Drive”.

·       Dec 17. Sonnets to Genevra (2 poems).

·       Dec 18. Begins The Corsair.

·       n.d. “Remember him, whom Passion’s Power”.

1814

·       Jan 22. 26th birthday.

·       Feb 1. The Corsair, 1st edn. (1859 lines). 10 000 copies sold on the first day. Six editions more until the end of the year. Notes, 6 poems, 4 lines to stanza xi, and an unnumbered note to line 226 added to the original.

·       Feb 1. Childe Harold I & II, 7th edn. 10 additional stanzas to Canto II (109 all), Dedication “To Ianthe” (45 lines) & 14 new poems (34 all).

·       Feb 1. The Bride of Abydos, 6th edn.

·       Feb 1. The Giaour, 9th edn.

·       Mar. Sits to Thomas Phillips for a portrait.

·       Apr 18. “Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte”, 1st edn. (15 stanzas, 135 lines). 1 stanza inserted between 2nd and 12th editions. The last three stanzas (xvii, xviii, xix) printed only after LB’s death in 1831; first appended to the poem in 1832 (final version: 19 stanzas, 171 lines).

·       May 4. Stanzas for Music (“I speak not, I trace not...”).

·       May 14. Begins Lara.

·       May 29. “Condolatory Address”.

·       May. “Address intended to be recited at the Caledonian Meeting”.

·       Jun 12. “She Walks in Beauty”.

·       Jun. “Fragment of an Epistle to Thomas Moore”.

·       Jun. Completes Lara.

·       Aug 6. Lara (2 cantos, 1272 lines), 1st edn. Anonymously with “Jacqueline” (not by LB).

·       Sep 9. Proposes to Annabella Milbanke.

·       Sep 18. Annabella accepts his proposal.

·       Oct 7. “Elegiac Stanzas on the Death of Sir Peter Parker, Bart.”.

·       Oct. Begins Hebrew Melodies.

·       Dec 12. “Julian (A Fragment)”.

·       Dec 24. Leaves for Seaham.

·       Dec 30. Arrives at Seaham.

·       n.d. The Corsair, 9th edn., long note to the last line.

·       n.d. “Ode to Napoleon Bonaparte”; “Ich Dien”; “Answer to –‘s Professions of Affection”.

1815

·       Jan 2. Marries Annabella Milbanke, Seaham.

·       Jan 22. 27th birthday.

·       Feb 12. “To Belshazzar”.

·       Feb 17. “The Destruction of Sennacherib”.

·       Mar 27. “On Napoleon’s Escape from Elba”.

·       Mar. Stanzas for Music (“There’s not a joy the world...”).

·       Apr. “Oh! snatched away in Beauty’s Bloom”.

·       Jun 25. “Napoleon’s Farewell”.   

·       Apr. Hebrew Melodies (24 pieces), 1st edn.

·       Oct. Writes The Siege of Corinth.

·       Nov. Sends Murray the MS of The Siege of Corinth.

·       Nov. Writes Parisina.

·       Dec. Sends Parisina to the publisher.

·       Dec 10. Daughter Augusta Ada born.

·       n.d. “Song of Saul before the Last Battle”; “Were my Bosom as False as thou deem’st it to be”; “By the Waters of Babylon”; “On the Day of the Destruction of Jerusalem by Titus”; “All is Vanity, saith the Preacher”; “When Coldness wraps this Suffering Clay”; “Saul”.

1816

·       Jan 22. 28th birthday.

·       Feb 7. The Siege of Corinth (1079 lines) & Parisina (586 lines), 1st edn.

·       Apr 21. Separates from his wife.

·       Apr 25. Leaves England for good.

·       Apr. Visits Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp.

·       May 1-6. Begins Childe Harold, Canto III, Brussels.

·       May 4. Visits the field of Waterloo.

·       May 8. At Cologne.

·       May 10-16. Rhine journey: Bonn, Coblenz, Castle of Drachenfels, Mannheim.

·       May 16-18. At Karlsruhe.

·       May 20. At Basle.

·       May 25. Arrives in Sécheron, near Geneva.

·       May 27. Meets Shelley for the first time.

·       Jun 10. Moves to Villa Diodati, a few hundred yards from the Shelleys.

·       Jun 22. Begins a tour of Lake Geneva with Shelley: Meillerie, Clarens, Vevey, Chateau de Chillon, Gibbon’s house.

·       Jun 27. Completes Childe Harold, Canto III, Ouchy, near Lausanne.

·       Jul 1. Returns to Villa Diodati.

·       Jul 10. Completes “Prisoner of Chillon”.

·       Jul 18. “Monody on the Death of the Right Hon. R. B. Sheridan”.

·       Jul 24. Stanzas to Augusta (“Though the day of my Destiny’s over”).

·       Jul. “The Dream” (206 lines), Villa Diodati; “Darkness” (82 lines); “Prometheus” (59 lines); Sonnet to Lake Leman; “A Fragment”.

·       Aug 29. Leaves for a tour of Chamouni and Mont Blanc.

·       Sep 1. Back at Villa Diodati.

·       Sep 17-29. Tour of Bernese Oberland.

·       Sep 17-29. Keeps 2nd journal, aka Alpine Journal.

·       Sep. “Lines on hearing that Lady Byron was Ill”.

·       Sep-Oct. Writes first two acts of Manfred.

·       Oct 5. Leaves for Italy.

·       Oct 12. Arrives in Milan.

·       Nov 10. Arrives in Venice. Lives there for the next almost three years.

·       Nov 18. Childe Harold III (122 stanzas, 1102 lines), 1st edn.

·       Nov 25. “On the Bust of Helen by Canova”.

·       Dec 5. “Prisoner of Chillon” (392 lines) and 7 poems, 1st edn.

·       Dec 6. “Venice: A Fragment”.

·       Dec 24. “Song for the Luddites”; To Thomas Moore” (“What are you doing now”).

·       n.d. “Churchill’s Grave”; “To George Anson Byron”.

1817

·       Jan 12. Daughter Allegra born (from Claire Clarirmont).

·       Jan 22. 29th birthday.

·       Jan-Feb. Takes part in the Venetian Carnival. Completes Manfred.

·       Feb 28. “So we’ll go no more a-roving”.

·       Mar 25. “Versicles”; “To Mr Murray” (“To hook the Reader, you, John Murray”).

·       Apr 17. Leaves Venice for Rome through Ferrara, Bologna and Florence.

·       Apr 20. “The Lament of Tasso” (247 lines).

·       Apr 29. Arrives in Rome.

·       May. Sits for bust by Thorwaldsen.

·       May 5. Finishes rewriting Act 3 of Manfred.

·       May 19. Witnesses public execution by guillotine of three robbers.

·       May 20. Leaves Rome for Venice.

·       May 28. Arrives in Venice.

·       Jun 4. Rents Villa Foscarini at La Mira on Brenta river.

·       Jun 16. Manfred (3 acts, 1338 lines), 1st edn.

·       Jun 26. Begins Childe Harold, Canto IV. 1st draft finished in 26 days [Coleridge] or one month and three days [Marchand].

·       Jul 17. “The Lament of Tasso” (247 lines), 1st edn.

·       Jul 20 [Coleridge] or Jul 29 [Marchand]. Completes Childe Harold, Canto IV, 1st draft (126 stanzas). The other 60 stanzas added mostly until the end of 1817, but at least two had to wait until spring 1818.

·       Jul. “To Thomas Moore” (“My boat is on the shore”).

·       Aug 21. “Epistle from Mr Murray to Dr Polidori”.

·       Oct 23. Announces to Murray the completion of Beppo.

·       Nov 13. Returns to Venice from La Mira.

1818

·       Jan 8. “Epistle to Mr Murray” (“My dear Mr Murray”).

·       Jan 19. Sends the MS of Beppo to Murray.

·       Jan 22. 30th birthday.

·       Feb 18 [Coleridge] or Feb 28 [Marchand]. Beppo (95 stanzas, 760 lines), 1st edn.

·       Feb 20. “On the Birth of John William Rizzo Hoppner”.

·       Feb. “E Nihilo Nihil”.

·       Apr 6. Lady Melbourne dies.

·       Apr 11. “To Mr Murray” (“Strahan, Tonson, Lintot of the times”); “Another Simple Ballat”; Ballad (to the tune of “Salley in our alley”).

·       Apr 28. Childe Harold IV (186 stanzas, 1674 lines), 1st edn.

·       May 5. Beppo (99 stanzas, 792 lines), 5th edn. Stanzas 28, 38, 39, 80 added.        

·       May. Rents Palazzo Mocenigo on Grand Canal.

·       Jul 3. Begins Don Juan, Canto I [Coleridge].

·       Jul 10. Completes “Ode to Venice” (160 lines).

·       Aug 23. Rides with Shelley on the Venice Lido.         

·       Sep 6. Begins Don Juan, Canto I, Venice [Marchand].

·       Sep 19. Don Juan, Dedication (136 lines).

·       Nov 1. Completes Don Juan, Canto I.

·       Dec 29. “The Duel”.

·       Dec–Jan 1819. Don Juan, Canto II.

·       n.d. “Verses on Sam Rogers”.

1819

·       Jan 22. 31st birthday.

·       Jun 1. Leaves Venice for Ravenna to visit the Guicciolis.

·       Jun 10. Arrives in Ravenna via Bologna and Ferrara.

·       Jun 28. Mazeppa (20 sections, 869 lines), 1st edn.

·       Jun. Writes The Prophecy of Dante, Ravenna [Coleridge].

·       Jun. “Stanzas to the Po”.

·       Jun-Jul. In love with Teresa Guiccioli.

·       Jul 15. Don Juan I & II (3504 lines), 1st edn. Anonymous.

·       Jul 31. “Sonnet on the Nuptials of the Marquis Antonio Cavalli with the Countess Clelia Rasponi of Ravenna”.

·       Aug 12. “Sonnet to the Prince Regent”; Epigram (from the French of Rulhieres).

·       Sep-Oct. With Teresa at La Mira.

·       Nov. Count Guiccioli takes away his wife to Ravenna.

·       Dec 1. Stanzas (“Could Love for ever”).

·       Dec 24. Arrives at Ravenna.

·       Winter 1819/20. Don Juan, Cantos III & IV.

1820

·       Jan 2. “On My Wedding-Day”; “Epitaph for William Pitt”; “Epitaph” (“Posterity will ne’er survey”); “Epigram on Tom Paine”.

·       Jan 22. 32nd birthday.

·       Feb. Moves to Palazzo Guiccioli.

·       Mar. Finishes The Prophecy of Dante [Marchand].

·       Feb 19. Sends Don Juan Canto II and III to Murray.

·       Feb 21. Completes translation of 1st canto to Pulci’s Morgante Maggiore.

·       Mar 20. “Francesca of Rimini” (translation of Dante).

·       Mar 22. Epilogue (“There’s something in a stupid ass”).

·       Mar 23. “My Boy Hobbie O”.

·       Mar. Becomes cavalier servente of Teresa.

·       Apr 9. “Lines, addressed to Hobhouse on his election for Westminster”.

·       Jul. Finishes Marino Faliero.

·       Sep 28. “A Volume of Nonsense”.

·       Oct-Nov. Don Juan, Canto V.

·       Nov 5. “To Penelope”; Stanzas (“When a man hath no freedom to fight for at home”).        

·       Dec 10. “The Charity Ball”.

·       Dec 28. Sends Kinnaird Don Juan, Canto V.

1821

·       Jan 4. Begins keeping Ravenna Journal. Until Feb 17.

·       Jan 6. “Epigram on the Brazier’s address”.

·       Jan 13. Begins Sardanapalus, Ravenna. Finished May 27 [Marchand] or 28 [Coleridge].

·       Jan 22. 33rd birthday. “On My Thirty-third Birthday”.

·       Feb 22. “Bowles and Campbell”.

·       Apr 21. Marino Faliero (5 acts, 3493 lines) & The Prophecy of Dante (4 cantos, 670 lines), 1st edn.

·       May 7. The Vision of Judgement started and left off.

·       May 25. “Elegy”.

·       May 28. Completes Sardanapalus.

·       Jun 12. Begins The Two Foscari, Ravenna. Done in less than a month.

·       Jul 9. Completes The Two Foscari.

·       July 16. Begins Cain, Ravenna. Finished Sep 9.

·       Jul 30. “Who killed John Keats?”.

·       Aug 2. “From the French: Aegle, beauty and poet...”.

·       Aug 8. Don Juan III, IV & V (3192 lines), 1st edn.

·       Aug 23. “To Mr Murray” (“For Orford and for Waldegrave”).

·       Aug. Writes “The Blues” (325 lines).

·       Sep 9. Completes Cain.

·       Sep 16. “The Irish Avatar”.

·       Sep. The Vision of Judgement resumed.

·       Oct 4. The Vision of Judgement completed.

·       Oct 9. Begins Heaven and Earth, Ravenna. Done in couple of weeks.

·       Oct 15. Begins keeping 4th journal, Detached Thoughts. Until 18 May 1822.

·       Nov 1. Arrives at Pisa. Lives there till 28 Sep 1822.

·       Nov 6. “Stanzas written on the Road between Florence and Pisa”.

·       Nov 9. Heaven and Earth sent to Murray. He delays publication. LB finally gives it to Hunt who does publish it (1 Jan 1823).

·       Dec 18. Begins Werner, Pisa. Completed in a month.

·       Dec 19. Sardanapalus (5 acts, 2832 lines), The Two Foscari (5 acts, 1981 lines) & Cain (3 acts, 1794 lines), 1st edn.

·       n.d. “Napoleon’s Snuff-box”; Martial, Lib. I, Epig. 1.

1822                     

·       Jan 20. Completes Werner.

·       Jan 22. 34th birthday.

·       Apr 20. Daughter Allegra dies.

·       Apr-Jul. Writes The Deformed Transformed, completed in Pisa.

·       Jun. Begins Don Juan, Canto VI. Completes Canto XVI by Mar 1823!

·       Jul 8. Shelley drowned in Bay of Spezia.

·       Jul 16. Witnesses the cremation of Shelley’s remains, Viareggio.

·       Aug. Epigrams (“Oh, Castlereagh! thou art a patriot now”).

·       Sep 27. Leaves for Genoa.

·       Oct 3? Arrives in Albaro (Genoa), stays at Casa Saluzzo.

·       Oct 15. The Vision of Judgement (106 stanzas, 848 lines), 1st edn., The Liberal, No. 1, pp. 3-39.

·       Nov 23. Werner (5 acts, 3223 lines), 1st edn.

·       Dec 14. Sends Don Juan, Canto XII, to Kinnaird. Seven cantos (VI to XII) wait for publication.

·       Dec. Begins The Age of Bronze.

1823

·       Jan 1. Heaven and Earth (3 parts, 1192 lines), 1st edn., The Liberal, No. II, pp. 165-206.

·       Jan 10 [Marchand] or 18 [Coleridge]. Completes The Age of Bronze.

·       Jan 22. 35th birthday.

·       Feb 20. The Deformed Transformed (3 parts, 1392 lines), 1st edn.

·       Jan-Feb. Writes The Island.

·       Feb 14. Completes The Island.

·       Mar 9. “The Conquest”.

·       Apr 1. The Age of Bronze (18 sections, 778 lines), 1st edn. Anonymous.

·       Apr 26. “The Blues” (365 lines), 1st edn.

·       Apr. Impromptu (“Beneath Blessington’s eyes”).

·       May 6. Completes Don Juan, Canto XVI.

·       Jun 19. “Journal in Cephalonia”.

·       Jun 26. The Island (4 cantos, 1425 lines), 1st edn.

·       Jul 15. Don Juan VI, VII & VIII (2784 lines), 1st edn. Original Preface.

·       Jul 16. Leaves for Greece on the brig Hercules.

·       Aug 3. Lands at Argostoli, Cephalonia, Greece.

·       Aug 11. Leaves to visit Ithaca.

·       Aug 29. Don Juan IX, X & XI (2096 lines), 1st edn.

·       Sep 4. Moves to Metaxata, Cephalonia.

·       Sep 10. “Aristomenes”.    

·       Sep 28-30. 5th and last journal in Cephalonia.

·       Dec 17. Don Juan XII, XIII & XIV (2416 lines), 1st edn.

·       Dec 30. Arrives in Zante in the morning, sails for Missolonghi in the evening.

1824

·       Jan 4. Lands at Missolonghi.

·       Jan 22. 36th birthday. “On this Day I complete my Thirty-sixth Year”.

·       Mar 23. Don Juan XV & XVI (1824 lines), 1st edn.     

·       Apr 9. Writes his last letter, to Barff and Barry.

·       Apr 19. Dies, Missolonghi, Greece.

·       Oct 29. “On this Day I complete my Thirty-sixth Year” published in the Morning Chronicle.