THE BYRONIC HERO: EMERGENCE, ISSUES OF DEFINITION AND HIS PROGENIES
The focus of this paper is the work of Lord Gordon Byron, specifically the creation of idea of the Byronic hero. This paper aims at defining the idea of the Byronic hero that has been created from the period Byron created his heroes and continues to be shaped in history by literary critics till today. Although the majority of literary scholars agree upon the fact that the first literary Byronic hero was Byron's Childe Harold, the protagonist of Byron's epic poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, however, many literary scholars consider Lord Byron himself to exemplify his Byronic hero.The questions that are central to this discussion of the Byronic hero are: How can the idea represented by this phrase be defined? What are the characteristics of the Byronic Hero? How much has Byron’s persona contributed to the creation of the Byronic hero? We, also, point to other literary examples of Byronic heroes from 19th-century onwards, as well as, present some antecedents of the Byronic hero in contemporary popular culture.