"Childe Harolde not unfrequently perches himself upon the mast-head"

A reference to the famous poem by George Gordon Byron (1788-1824), which delivered his archetypal 'Byronic' hero - an undisguised avatar of himself, representing an adolescent ideal of melancholy, solitary nobility. 

Online copy of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (1812-1818)