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Earthquakes have destroyed their beautiful city, 70 per cent of its major buildings have been or are about to be demolished. But , of the city's residents have risen to the call! They have submitted their vision for a new city and here is the synthesis of their dreams, a "flyover of their hopes".

The music changes to something more percussive, the tempo accelerates and we begin to fly. We swoop over the city like supermen, up one street and down another. Over a Green Frame that will sweep away the vestiges of a Victorian mercantile past beneath 21st-century grass and trees. Over the blue and yellow rectangles that are to be new precincts. Health will be dispensed from a Medical Precinct around the existing hospital, justice from a Legal Precinct a little further east, just past a Sports Precinct, whose facilities will cater for all ages and levels of ability.

We fly north and there's the Performing Arts Precinct and a Cultural Centre and next to them, dwarfing all else, a Convention Centre, "purpose-built", "state of the art", the city's throbbing cultural heart. We fly above it all. It's so easy. Like those dreams of flight that are supposed to be something to do with sex.

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Weightless, effortless. The city lies beneath us in its shining geometry. There's the tiny brown rectangle that will be the new public library, there's the oval that is to be a new cricket ground, making proper, profitable use of the Victorians' dull and undeveloped city park. We wheel unnoticed over the heads of all the people gathered to party in the Entertainment Precinct before a vast screen broadcasting a rugby match. Tracers of light race and dazzle, and what is that, rising in the east? That vast illuminated pleasure dome?

Why, it's a new Rugby Stadium, miraculously teleported here from its previous location on the light industrial periphery and come to rest like some alien spacecraft at the city's core. And the voice repeats the invitation. Be part of this opportunity! This vision that will inspire the world! It's achievable! It's affordable! And it's ready to fly! The blueprint flashes across the television screen, three minutes and 22 seconds of glittering promise, product of days well, , actually of frantic planning.

It's a video game with all its glitter and zing. Like some Deus Ex 3 vision of the city as futuristic wonderland, ablaze with light. Some bitchin' imagery of a home fit for heroes blessed with heavy stubble, curious anatomies that are part flesh, part nano-tech augmentation, and in possession of a wide range of imaginative weaponry. Except that this is a design for the distinctly unaugmented. It is a plan for a small city on the edge of a narrow island at the foot of the Pacific. A blueprint for concrete, tarmac and cement. A map to an everyday future.

The Villa at the Edge of the Empire Penguin Random House New Zealand A provocative and insightful exploration of rebuilding our homes, communities and cities after their devastation. Opening Extract - The Flyover of Hope. The dark heart of the year. But in the city, a new sun is rising. Everyone in Christchurch has their own story of the earthquakes. There are quake books and quake books. Then there is this, quite the best to send to folk overseas. The matching of text and pictures, despair and hope, humanity against nature, makes it a treasure.

Fiona Farrell has engaged her talent as a fiction writer to the shaping of stories from interviews with Canterbury people. Through them, the earthquakes of and are brought to mind, but the terror is subsumed in the emotions of the testimonies of "men and women next door". The choice of photos and the skill in their taking ensures readers will want to pore over them. Before he finished this canto, he had begun the spritely Beppo , with which he returned to satire and prepared the way for Don Juan.

On August 29, he heard about the return of a supposedly deceased husband to his Venetian wife; she had meanwhile taken an amoroso , and then had to choose her husband, her lover, or solitary life on a pension. The demanding rhyme scheme of ottava rima—a b a b a c c—encourages comic rhymes. Its couplet allows the stanza to end with a witty punch line, with a reversal in tone from high to low, or with a clever rhyme to surprise the reader. The seriocomic mood, colloquial style, and digressions of ottava rima, attracted Byron to this verse form as the medium for his witty version of the story of Venetian customs and light morals.

By October 10, he had finished Beppo. The story Byron tells is slight. Beppo, a Venetian merchant, returns home during Carnival after years of Turkish captivity, to discover that his wife, Laura, has taken a count for her lover. After the three pleasantly discuss the amatory triangle, the husband and wife reunite, and Beppo befriends the count. Banished is the soul-ravaged hero with his pride and pessimism, replaced by the poet-narrator—conversational, digressive, witty, observant, cynical. In this fresh, realistic voice he would create his comic masterpiece Don Juan.

Early in June Byron moved into the Palazzo Mocenigo, with his daughter Allegra brought to Venice by the Shelley party in April , whom he had agreed to support and educate. Here, too, he lodged his 14 servants, a menagerie, and a veritable harem. They urged that the manuscript be suppressed. Byron, exhausted by debauchery, cut and slashed in his personal life, getting rid of his harem. Now 19, she had been married for just over a year to a rich count of A strong mutual attraction quickly developed between Byron and Teresa.

On July 15, , Murray, after some hesitation, cautiously published 1, copies of the first two cantos of Don Juan. By tacitly admitting, through anonymous publication, that Don Juan was disreputable, Murray intensified the outcry against the work. The critics hit back with a fury virtually unprecedented, vilifying both poet and poem. In a pseudonymous Letter to the Right Hon.

The stanzas teem with Byronic observations on liberty, tyranny, war, love, hypocrisy, cant, and much more. He experiences shipwreck, slavery, war, dissipation, and illness in his travels, gaining worldly wisdom and discretion as he goes. In February , while in residence at the Palazzo Guiccioli, Byron sent Murray, along with other works, the third and fourth cantos of Don Juan. Uncertain about the future of Don Juan , he expended a portion of his creative energy on a trio of historical tragedies based on political subjects and modeled on neoclassical principles: Marino Faliero , Sardanapalus , and The Two Foscari.

These blank-verse plays were, he maintained, closet dramas, not designed for the stage. Adaptations of Sardanapalus and Werner enjoyed great success on the 19th-century stage. Remorseful and repentant, he goes into exile accompanied by Adah and Enoch, without railing against an unjust God. In September, amid the confusion of packing for his move to Pisa, Byron took up a poem he had begun in May and immediately set aside.

This solemn, sycophantic eulogy in limping hexameters commemorates the death, burial, and supposed apotheosis of King George III. Through Japhet, the elect but troubled son of Noah, Byron questions the doctrine of predestination, which had disturbed him all his life. As in Cain, this drama asks why evil exists, since Jehovah is good. They were joined in mid January by the flamboyant adventurer Edward John Trelawny. Byron had placed his daughter Allegra in a convent school in Bagnacavallo in March ; on April 20, she died there at the age of five, after a brief illness.

Byron contributed to each of its four issues published in and He was also proceeding rapidly with Don Juan. After the erotic seraglio scenes in the sixth canto, he began to exhibit a new gravity. In late September, the remnants of the Pisan Circle relocated to Genoa.

Within a week of his arrival, Byron had completed the 10th canto of Don Juan , which carries the hero to England, and started the 11th, with its satire on the shallowness and hypocrisy of the English aristocracy. John Hunt was prosecuted for libeling the late king; he remained the publisher of The Liberal but turned printing duties over to the less radical printer C. Byron responded by withdrawing from Murray and turning to John Hunt as his publisher.

As the title suggests, Byron voices disillusionment with the modern era, his targets being both political and economic. In May he was elected to the London Greek Committee, recently formed to aid the struggling insurgents.

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After a reluctant farewell to Teresa, he made good on his offer of personal assistance to the patriots by sailing from Genoa on July 16, bound for Leghorn and Greece. He was accompanied by Pietro Gamba, Trelawny, and a considerable sum of money and medical supplies for the Greek cause; he also packed gold and scarlet uniforms and heroic helmets for their landing on Greek shores.

On August 3, they reached the island of Cephalonia, then under British protection. Byron did not immediately commit himself to any faction, preferring to wait for signs of unity in the Greek effort. In November Byron agreed to loan 4, pounds to the Greek fleet for its activation. In March , John and H.

On April 9, having been soaked by a heavy rain while out riding, Byron suffered fever and rheumatic pains. By the 12th he was seriously ill. Repeated bleedings further debilitated him. On Easter Sunday, he entered a comatose state. In memorial services throughout the country, he was proclaimed a national hero of Greece. His death proved effective in uniting Greece against the enemy and in eliciting support for its struggle from all parts of the civilized world. In October British, French, and Russian forces destroyed the Turkish and Egyptian fleets at Navarino, assuring Greek independence, which was acknowledged by the sultan in The fame to which Byron awoke in London in was spread rapidly throughout Europe and the English-speaking world by scores of translations and editions.

His influence was pervasive and prolonged. His spirit animated liberal revolutionary movements: most of the officers executed following the unsuccessful Decembrist uprising in Russia were Byronists; the Italian patriot Giuseppe Mazzini associated Byron with the eternal struggle of the oppressed to be free. Philosophically and stylistically, Byron stands apart from the other major Romantics.

He was the least insular, the most cosmopolitan of them. Poetic imagination was not for him, as for them, the medium of revelation of ultimate truth. Yet, as Leslie A. The outstanding elements of his poetry both support his self-analysis and insure his enduring reputation. As a major political and social satirist, he repeatedly denounces war, tyranny, and hypocrisy.

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But I have lived, and have not lived in vain: My mind may lose its force, my blood its fire, And my frame perish even in conquering pain, But there is that within me which shall tire Torture and Time, and breathe when I expire [. Prose Home Harriet Blog. Visit Home Events Exhibitions Library. Newsletter Subscribe Give. Poetry Foundation. Back to Previous. Lord Byron George Gordon. The pilgrim-poet temporarily experiences the thrill of a transcendental concept of nature, the fourth theme of the canto: I live not in myself, but I become Portion of that around me; and to me, High mountains are a feeling Poems by Lord Byron George Gordon.

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More About this Poet. Region: England. Poems by This Poet Related Bibliography. And Thou art Dead, as Young and Fair. Dear Doctor, I have Read your Play. The Destruction of Sennacherib. Don Juan : Canto Don Juan : Dedication. Epistle to Augusta. January 22nd, Missolonghi. Lines to Mr. Hodgson Written on Board the Lisbon Packet. Love and Death. The Prisoner of Chillon. She Walks in Beauty. Stanzas for Music. Show More. Poems of Sorrow and Grieving. Classic and contemporary poems about ultimate losses. Read More.

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