STANZAS TO THE PO
In my opinion, Byron is the most romantic poet --- ever ! His thoughts while writing this poem certainly qualified him as a leader in the era of Romanticsm.
The Po River runs across the northern part of Italy from the Alps to the Adriatic Sea, and for centuries it has been a part of the culture and lives of both the nobility and peasants alike.
The lady in the poem is Countess Teresa Guiccioli, wife of Count Alessandro Guiccioli. Lord Byron met her in Venice in April 1819 and fell madly in love. A short time later, she returned to her home in Ravenna and Byron composed Stanzas To The Po. Teresa left her husband for Byron, and finally, would be his last attachment.
The ending stanza of the poem is worth noting, as Lord Byron did die young . . . within five years after this was written.
'T is vain to struggle -- let me perish young --
Live as I lived, and love as I have loved;
To dust if I return, from dust I sprung,
And then, at least, my heart can ne'er be moved.
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