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Body as Epitaph: Byron's Reclamation of England through Allegra

Body as Epitaph: Byron's Reclamation of England through Allegra September 2003 53 13 (London, 1677), 17; cited in Berkeley, 483. 14 Line 9 requires “I have” to be reduced to “I’ve” to regularize its scan­ sion. Line 13 is a hemistich. BODY AS EPITAPH: BYRON’S RECLAMATION OF ENGLAND THROUGH ALLEGRA Byron’s love ofwomen extended to his three daughters: Ada, his legitimate daughter by his wife, Annabella Milbanke; Allegra, his illegitimate daughter by Claire Clairmont, Shelley’s sister-in- law and Mary Shelley’s half-sister; and Georgiana, his presumed illegitimate daughter by his own half-sister, Augusta Leigh. Of these, Allegra is the only one he had the fortune, or should I say, misfortune, to raise. Born onjanuary 12,1817, the baby was initially called Alba, a name close to Albe, the Shelley’s nick­ name for Byron, but she was later christened Clara Allegra by Byron.1 His relationship with Claire had never been more to him than a mild flirtation, and he was hostile to her presence, but when the baby was bom he assumed his parental prerogative. Having had a somewhat difficult upbringing himself with no father present and an overbearing mother, Byron was hardly equipped to be a parent, especially of an eighteenth-month old. Almost immediately upon Allegra’s arrival in Venice on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png English Language Notes Duke University Press

Body as Epitaph: Byron's Reclamation of England through Allegra

English Language Notes , Volume 41 (1) – Sep 1, 2003

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Copyright © 2003 Regents of the University of Colorado
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0013-8282
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2573-3575
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10.1215/00138282-41.1.53
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September 2003 53 13 (London, 1677), 17; cited in Berkeley, 483. 14 Line 9 requires “I have” to be reduced to “I’ve” to regularize its scan­ sion. Line 13 is a hemistich. BODY AS EPITAPH: BYRON’S RECLAMATION OF ENGLAND THROUGH ALLEGRA Byron’s love ofwomen extended to his three daughters: Ada, his legitimate daughter by his wife, Annabella Milbanke; Allegra, his illegitimate daughter by Claire Clairmont, Shelley’s sister-in- law and Mary Shelley’s half-sister; and Georgiana, his presumed illegitimate daughter by his own half-sister, Augusta Leigh. Of these, Allegra is the only one he had the fortune, or should I say, misfortune, to raise. Born onjanuary 12,1817, the baby was initially called Alba, a name close to Albe, the Shelley’s nick­ name for Byron, but she was later christened Clara Allegra by Byron.1 His relationship with Claire had never been more to him than a mild flirtation, and he was hostile to her presence, but when the baby was bom he assumed his parental prerogative. Having had a somewhat difficult upbringing himself with no father present and an overbearing mother, Byron was hardly equipped to be a parent, especially of an eighteenth-month old. Almost immediately upon Allegra’s arrival in Venice on

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Published: Sep 1, 2003

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