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...Neither have I continued 'Don Juan,' nor any other poem. You go, as usual, I presume, by some newspaper report or other.
[Footnote 1: Proceeding, as he here rightly supposes, upon newspaper authority, I had in my letter made some allusion to his imputed occupations, which, in his present sensitiveness on the subject of authorship, did not at all please him. To this circumstance Count Gamba alludes in a passage of his Narrative; where, after mentioning a remark of Byron's, thatPoetry should only occupy the idle.and that in more serious affairs it would be ridiculous," he adds-- "----, at this time writing to him, said, that he had heard that 'instead of pursuing heroic and warlike adventures, he was residing in a delightful villa, continuing Don Juan.' This offended him for the moment, and he was sorry that such a mistaken judgment had been formed of him."
It is amusing to observe that, while thus anxious, and from a highly noble motive, to throw his authorship into the shade while engaged... Byron, Lord
Excerpt from Life of Lord Byron, Vol. 6 (of 6) With his Letters and Journals · This quote is about poetry and poets · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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