Word Wednesday: Byronic

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The Byronic hero, incapable of love or capable only of an impossible love, suffers endlessly. He is solitary, languid [and] his condition exhausts him. If he wants to feel alive, it must be in the terrible exaltation of a brief and destructive action.

Albert Camus
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The Byronic Hero is a character notable for being sullen, withdrawn, hard to like and hard to know but, usually possessing a rich inner life and a softer side, accessible only to a special few.

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9 thoughts on “Word Wednesday: Byronic

    Kenneth T. said:
    January 5, 2022 at 8:21 AM

    Sounds like an Impossible Dream.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      January 5, 2022 at 9:57 PM

      What? To be bryonic?

        Kenneth T. said:
        January 6, 2022 at 4:40 AM

        You know, Don Quixote,
        The Man of La Mancha

    Dayphoto said:
    January 5, 2022 at 11:50 AM

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh the real heroes of the world.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      January 5, 2022 at 9:57 PM

      Moody-broody types. They make interesting characters.

    Rusty Armor said:
    January 6, 2022 at 11:12 AM

    I suppose there is a bit of the Byronic in me. But I am mostly a chimerical fatalist in love with unrequited love …

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      January 6, 2022 at 2:02 PM

      In love with the idea of love, particularly from a distance…?

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