"Byron! - he would be all forgotten to-day if he had lived to be a florid old gentleman with iron-grey whiskers, writing very long, very able letters to “The Times” about the Repeal of the Corn Laws. "

The Romantic poet, George Gordon Byron (1788-1824), commonly known as Lord Byron, was a strong advocate of social reform. Some of his poems focused on political issues or political figures; examples of such poems are “Song for the Luddites” (1816), “The Intellectual Eunuch Castlereagh (1818), “Wellington: The Best of Cut-Throats” (1819), and “The Landlords’ Interest” (1823).  


Yet Lord Byron is best remembered for his decadent ways. Famously described by one of his lovers, Lady Caroline Lamb (1785-1828), as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know,” Byron was notorious for accumulating debts and sexual partners.