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How is Lord Byron a Romantic poet?

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Lord Byron's relentless pursuit of individualism and his insistence on living by his own values of personal freedom and hedonism characterize him as a Romantic poet.

Lord Byron's personal life is littered with stories of scandalous love affairs and broken hearts, and most of them are completely true. He himself would probably claim that he was simply living according to his own morals and that heartache is a natural byproduct of embracing all the pleasures that life has to offer him. Some scholars discuss his romantic relationships in the context of opportunism (he is quoted as saying of his affair with Clair Clairmont, Mary Shelley's stepsister "if a girl of eighteen comes prancing to you at all hours––there is but one way"), while others acknowledge his own deep attachments to the notion of romantic love. Lady Caroline Lamb, one of Lord Byron's conquests, called him "mad, bad, and dangerous to know," and their affair is one of the many that brought notoriety and infamy to Lord...

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