Byron and the Forms of Thought is a major new study of Byron as a poet and thinker.
While informed by recent work on Byron's philosophical contexts, the book questions attempts to describe Byron as a philosopher of a particular kind.
It approaches Byron, rather, as a writer fascinated by the different ways of thinking philosophy and poetry are taken to represent. After an Introduction that explores Byron's reception as a thinker, the book moves to a new reading of Byron's scepticism, arguing for a close proximity, in Byron's thought, between epistemology and poetics.
This is explored through readings of Byron's efforts both as a philosophical poet and writer of critical prose.
The conclusions reached form the basis of an extended reading of Don Juan as a critical narrative that investigates connections between visionary and political consciousness.
What emerges is a deeply thoughtful poet intrigued and exercised by the possibilities of literary form. An Open Access edition of this work is available on the OAPEN Library.