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Byron & politics: ‘born for opposition’

21. Byron’s ‘Ode to Napoleon’ in The Examiner

NLS Ms.43562

Sheet from The Examiner featuring the ode.Byron’s ‘Ode to Napoleon’ in The Examiner number 330, page 258 (Sunday 24 April 1814). NLS Ms.43562Because Murray initially published the ‘Ode to Napoleon’ anonymously, it was easier for the press to republish it freely. Only two days after Murray’s publication of the first edition it appeared in The Examiner, a radical weekly newspaper founded in 1808 by John and Leigh Hunt which supported reforming politicians and causes, whilst regularly publishing poetry.

In 1812 the Hunts were imprisoned for libel (in an article criticising the Prince Regent). Leigh Hunt continued to edit from his prison cell, where he was visited by Byron.

 

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