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Manfred by Lord George Gordon Byron
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Manfred is a dramatic poem in three acts by Lord Byron, and possibly a self confessional work. A noble, Manfred, is haunted by the memory of some unspeakable crime. In seeking for forgetfulness and oblivion, he wanders between his castle and the mountains. He has several encounters with the people who try to assist him, as well as spirits that rule nature and human destiny. The poem explores themes of morality, religion, guilt and the human condition.

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This etext contains only characters from the Latin 1 set. The original work contained a few phrases or lines of Greek text. These are represented here as Beta code transliterations in brackets, for example [Greek: Oi~moi].

The original text used a few other characters not found in the Latin 1 set. These have been represented using bracket notation, as follows: [=e], [=i], [=N], [=S] represent those letters with a macron (bar) above; [)i] represents and i with a breve (curved line). In a few places superscript letters are shown by carets, as in May 27^th^.

An important feature of this edition is its copious footnotes. Footnotes indexed with letters (e.g. [c], [bf]) show variant forms of Byron's text from manuscripts and other sources. Footnotes indexed with arabic numbers (e.g. [17], [221]) are informational. Text in notes and elsewhere in square brackets is the work of editor E. H. Coleridge. Text not in brackets is by Byron himself.

In the original, footnotes were printed at the foot of the page on which they were referenced, and their indices started over on each page... Continue reading book >>

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