Lord Byron's "The Vision of Judgment" Analytical Essay by experts

Lord Byron's "The Vision of Judgment"
An analysis of this poem concentrating on the role of the devil.
# 6591 | 2,005 words | 0 sources | 2001 | US
Published on Feb 08, 2003 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)


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An examination of the role and work of the devil in Byron's poem. The poem is basically a court case for the soul of George III and an argument between the angel and the devil. The writer looks at the balance of good versus evil in the poem and how Satan's attempt to win the soul are effected by his weaker ability of speech.

From the Paper:

"In Lord Byron's poem, "The Vision of Judgment," Satan ascends from hell to prosecute the newly deceased George III and claim George's soul. After a farce of a trial, George slips into heaven where he spends eternity practicing his psalms. Of course, one could argue that Satan loses George's soul not because of his failings as a prosecutor but because the celestial court becomes so involved in resolving the superfluous matter of Mr. Southey that it loses track of George entirely. That charitable interpretation, however, would be giving this particular Devil far more than his due. "

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