Don Juan

Author: Lord Byron

Canto the Third - XC

Date of Issue: 1818-1819

Summary: Don Juan is portrayed as an innocent young boy, with whom women fall for romantically and attempt to seduce. The poem itself is overly full of topical digressions and subject-departures on politics, poets, and other societal nobles and names popular in politics and other circles, which add to the humor, particularly inasmuch as the poet, in his own inimitable manner, often attempts, some write without success, to bring himself back to the stated subject at hand.

And glory long has made the sages smile;

'T is something, nothing, words, illusion, wind --

Depending more upon the historian's style

Than on the name a person leaves behind:

Troy owes to Homer what whist owes to Hoyle:

The present century was growing blind

To the great Marlborough's skill in giving knocks,

Until his late life by Archdeacon Coxe.