Byron, Don Juan (1818-23)
- What are the characteristics of the traditional epic
poem? To what degree does Byron employ them? Explain.
- What is the main point of this Dedication?
- Is Don Juan portrayed in this Canto as the seducer or the
- Explain the discussion of sultry climate in 1.503-5.
- Explain Donna Julia's strategy for fighting her
attraction to Juan.
- Describe the distinction between men and women's love
made in stanza 194.
- How, according to the speaker, will this epic differ from
- Explain the discussion of age in stanza 213.
- Explain the discussion of fame in stanzas 218 and 219.
Other Discussion Questions:
- Who is Bob Southey (1)?
- Who are Scott, Rogers,
Campbell, Moore, and Crabbe? Explain lines 55-56.
- Explain lines 135-36.
- Explain the speaker's discussion of digression in
- Explain the discussion of intellectual ladies in
- How does the narrator characterize Donna Inez?
- Explain the autobiographical significance of stanzas 27 and
- Why would someone need to scale a nunnery (1.304)?
- Why does Donna Inez dread "the Mythology" (1.328).
- Explain the discussion of editions in stanza 44.
- Explain the narrator's self-conscious remark in 1.440 (see
- Explain the reference to the Virgin Mary in 1.599-600.
- How does solitude function for Juan in stanza 90?
- Explain Byron's references to Wordsworth and Coleridge in
stanzas 90 and 91.
- Explain the description of Love in 1.843-48.
- Explain the description of the moon in stanzas 113 and
- Does Julia really consent (1.935-36)? Explain.
- Explain the discussion of the sweetness of love in stanza
- Why does Don Alonzo bring "more than half the city"
(1.1090) to search his wife's bedroom for her lover?
- Why does Julia express such outrage when Alfonso searches
for her lover?
- Why is Julia's heart "the victim" (1.1532)?
- Describe the discussion of future cantos in stanza 199.
- Why is Byron parodying the Ten Commandments in stanzas
- Explain: "Oh! never more, my heart. / Canst thou be
my sole world, my universe!" (1.1713-14).
- Why does Byron quote Southey at the end of the canto?
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