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Just wrong[edit]

I don't have time to actually go through and mess with this nonsense at the moment, but somebody needs to point out that Childe Harold is only autobiographical in the loosest sense. Byron had a habit of playing on the possibility that his work was true in *wink wink nudge nudge* sort of way, but his works could never be described as "quite autobiographical." —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:21, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

Not only that, but the quote man's greatest tragedy is that he can conceive of a perfection which he cannot attain is unattributable to McCann; certainly no page citation is given. As a result, this quote has been repeated verbatim over a number of other reference sites and erroneously attributed to either Byron or McCann. I think the quote is possibly coined by Reinhold Niebuhr - certainly an obit of him seems to think so. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:53, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

missing text in link[edit]

"to hold thee lightly on a gentle knee and print on thy soft cheek a parent's kiss" is a a quote from this text the article "lolita" claims contains, but the link here shows no such line anywhere in sight.

'Childe Harold became a vehicle for Byron's own beliefs and ideas; indeed in the preface to book three Byron acknowledges the fact that his hero is just an extension of himself. According to Jerome McGann, by masking himself behind a literary artifice, Byron was able to express his view that "man's greatest tragedy is that he can conceive of a perfection which he cannot attain" '

As far as I am aware, there is no preface to Canto III, and Byron explicitly states in the preface to Cantos I and II that Childe Harold should not be read as a version of himself. "It has been suggested to me by my friends, on whose opinion I set a high value, that in this fictitious character, 'Childe Harold', I may incur the suspicion of having intended some real personage: this I beg leave, once for all, to disclaim - Harold is the child of imagination.' This is not to say that Harold is not merely an extension of himself, as in Canto IV he drops the disguise and speaks in the first person, but this is not true of the earlier cantos. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:53, 19 October 2008 (UTC) I removed a lot of info that can not be verified. I also made other changes to sentence to remove POV and OR, but my edits may themselves need editing. Mrathel (talk) 19:30, 18 December 2008 (UTC)

I am afraid I do not follow your remarks above. The material quoted by Nabokov in Lolita appears in Canto III, CXV.  — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bill.pollard (talkcontribs) 18:00, 22 June 2017 (UTC) 

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Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
The frontispiece to a c. 1825 edition of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, a lengthy narrative poem by Lord Byron. The poem describes the travels and reflections of a world-weary young man who, disillusioned with a life of pleasure and revelry, looks for distraction in foreign lands. In a wider sense, it is an expression of the melancholy and disillusionment felt by a generation weary of the wars of the post-Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras. This poem proved to be quite popular upon its publication in 1812. Byron himself said of this, "I awoke one morning and found myself famous."Engraving: I. H. Jones; Restoration: Adam Cuerden

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