Childe Harold's Pilgrimage: Canto IV cover

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage: Canto IV

Lord George Gordon Byron (1788-1824)

1. Verses 1-19
2. Verses 20-41
3. Verses 42-59
4. Verses 60-77
5. Verses 78-93
6. Verses 94-114
7. Verses 115-134
8. Verses 135-156
9. Verses 157-174
10. Verses 175-186

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Summary

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage is a lengthy narrative poem in four parts written by Lord Byron. It was published between 1812 and 1818 and is dedicated to "Ianthe". 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. The title comes from the term childe, a medieval title for a young man who was a candidate for knighthood. Canto IV describes Harold's travels in Italy.