In class, I chose to provide our first reading anonymously and without context. Here, again, is that text, which you now know was written by the young Lord Byron, and published in Byron’s first volume of poetry. Remember that we need not necessarily imagine the poem’s speaker as Byron himself.
WHEN, to their airy hall, my fathers’ voice Shall call my spirit, joyful in their choice; When, poised upon the gale, my form shall ride, Or, dark in mist, descend the mountain’s side; Oh! may my shade behold no sculptured urns To mark the spot, where earth to earth returns; No lengthened scroll, no praise-encumbered stone: My epitaph shall be my name alone. If that with honour fail to crown my clay, Oh! may no other fame my deeds repay; That, only that, shall single out the spot, By that remembered, or with that forgot.
Based on our discussion in class, I’d like you, in the comments to this post, to write a single sentence that asks a question about the poem.
The question you ask should be one that you think worth asking, one whose answer would be of value to someone thinking about the poem. Its answer should not seem obvious to someone who has read the poem once with reasonable care.
If, when you get to the poem, you find your question has already been asked, then pick an existing question, and, in a single sentence, (using “reply”) provide an answer!