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He asked that she consider him "not only as ." As he grew apart from his coarse, often violent, mother, he drew closer to Augusta. During "the most romantic period of [his] life," he experienced a "violent, though , love and passion" for John Edleston, a choirboy at Trinity two years younger than he.
Byron attended Trinity College, Cambridge, intermittently from October 1805 until July 1808, when he received an M. Intellectual pursuits interested him less than such London diversions as fencing and boxing lessons, the theater, demimondes, and gambling.
A second edition, on Byron’s instructions retitled , appeared in 1808; the contents had been altered slightly and the preface omitted.He is also a Romantic paradox: a leader of the era’s poetic revolution, he named Alexander Pope as his master; a worshiper of the ideal, he never lost touch with reality; a deist and freethinker, he retained from his youth a Calvinist sense of original sin; a peer of the realm, he championed liberty in his works and deeds, giving money, time, energy, and finally his life to the Greek war of independence.