About

I’m a psychedelic schoolgirl with passion for art, music and literature. In a constant search for inspiration and in desire to escape boredom I live through art and music, most of the time trapped in the Zeitgeist of different eras; swinging London or the decadent fin de siecle Paris. My favourite painters are: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Modigliani, John Everett Millais, Caspar David Friedrich, Klimt, Marc Chagall, Van Gogh, Degas, De Toulouse-Lautrec, and Goya.

1852. Ophelia by John Everett Millais

Byron, one of my favourite poets – Farewell to my muse…

”Though simple the themes of my rude flowing Lyre,
Yet even these themes are departed for ever;
No more beam the eyes which my dream could inspire,
My visions are flown, to return,—alas, never!

Farewell, my young Muse! since we now can ne’er meet;
If our songs have been languid, they surely are few:
Let us hope that the present at least will be sweet—
The present—which seals our eternal Adieu.”

I hope you’ll enjoy in my musings.

19 Responses to “About”

  1. DianaC 8th December 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Fascinating blog! And the first thing I wanted to mention ever since I discovered your blog is that I love the background! It certainly enhances that 19th century atmosphere that emerges from your posts.
    Looking forward to more posts!

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    • Byron's muse 8th December 2013 at 9:37 am #

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate all your comments and you’ve really inspired me to write more posts! 🙂

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      • Frank Renshaw 24th April 2014 at 1:03 pm #

        Hi, I came across your blog through a friend. The picture you have with the five guys and five girls is of my band The Toggery Five taken in 1965. I’m in the middle. Could you please email me and I’ll give you more info on who the girls are and the story behind the picture. All the best . Frank.

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  2. nishipal 13th May 2014 at 2:41 am #

    So glad to have stumbled upon your blog..so keep writing..studied Byron in college and I think its awesome youve dedicated this blog to him.. 🙂

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  3. Elliot 8th February 2015 at 5:36 pm #

    This is a great blog, I particularly loved your post on the lady of Shallot, not only because it was interesting and well written but because I adore the pre-raphaelites work, I agree with you that Waterhouse’s rendition of the lady in the boat is one of the best representations of her in art. I look forward to reading more.

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    • Byron's Muse 9th February 2015 at 10:11 pm #

      Thank you for commenting! It is a great compliment to hear that someone considers my posts to be interesting! 🙂

      I adore the Pre-Raphaelites too, the whole aesthetic, the atmosphere, the paintings; they’re like an escape to another world…

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  4. Byron's Muse 18th February 2015 at 10:47 pm #

    George – I’ve read your comment but I won’t publish it out of consideration for your privacy and secrecy. (You said it was a secret project.)

    I’m very sorry, but I’m afraid I cannot help you with your question. That part of history, fashion and culture is not my area of interest and therefor my knowledge about it is minimal. I really can’t think of anything she could be wearing, I’m sorry again. Perhaps you should make your own version of her; portray her the way you imagine her to be, dress her up the way you want, like a timeless goddess. Try working with your imagination rather than facts and historical accuracy, I’m sure the result will be even better. Hmm, perhaps you could look at some Regency era (1800-1820s) portraits of ladies because the fashion at the time was influenced by the styles of Ancient Greece and Rome. Add a little opulence and voila! Here’s a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1795%E2%80%931820_in_Western_fashion

    Good luck with your writing! Don’t feel bad if you’re stuck with the story, try writing something else and the idea will come in the main time.

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  5. George 19th February 2015 at 8:49 am #

    You are very kind indeed! *Thank you* so much for your wise advice, I will check the Regency fashion. It is true that dress details will not change the message of the novel, but I try to imagine her personality and then dressing is important.
    Now I will enjoy reading your last blog!

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  6. George 19th February 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    I meant I’ll enjoy your latest blog!

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  7. Denny Sinnoh 21st February 2015 at 1:26 am #

    Love the “Lady of Shallot” painting. I always felt we were afflicted in the same way.

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  8. Elliot 8th June 2015 at 3:02 pm #

    Seeing as I cannot reply directly to the comment you sent me (it only works one-way but I do wish to reply), I hope you do not mind me clogging up this page with one! I am very glad you bothered to watch the film and gladder still that you liked it; it has become one of my favourite films, it reminds me too of ‘1984’ but I think it is much more similar to the Terry Gilliam film ‘Brazil’ which I also recommend if you haven’t watched it. I have actually seen ‘Paranorman’ and while I do not think it is as good as ‘Coraline’ it is still enjoyable with some excellent stop-motion design. Thanks for getting in touch!

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    • Byron's Muse 8th June 2015 at 3:36 pm #

      ‘clogging up this page’, oh, you just made me laugh! I barely even get any comments, so I’m delighted to see a new one! I agree with you about ‘Coraline’ being better, but ‘ParaNorman’ is still enjoyable, as you’ve put it. I haven’t watched ‘Brazil’, and I’ll be honest, nothing from Monty Python has captured my attention so far, but I love ‘Blackadder’ very much so maybe in a few years I’ll enjoy Monty Python too. Oh, by the way, did you know that John Everett Millais was born on this day in 1829? And Robert Schumann. I’m good at memorizing birthdays.

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      • Elliot 8th June 2015 at 5:55 pm #

        Millais is definitely one of my top fave pre-raphaelite painters, so it is interesting to know it’s his birthday. I am a big fan of Blackadder also & I do like Monty python, but honestly ‘Brazil’ and other Gilliam films are not at all like Python, they are very much his own thing and ‘Brazil’ is heavily based on Orwell’s ‘1984’, you could almost call it an adaptation.

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  9. Elliot 25th May 2016 at 5:29 pm #

    Hey thanks for the recommendation of that illuminations programme, I do love books, and history and art so it was a perfect combination! Incredible amount of work in those old manuscripts, such opulence and skill, it’s amazing they have survived so well preserved. Some of the illustrations in those books though were quite amusing. Thanks again, I do like to hear from you.

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    • Byron's Muse 26th May 2016 at 11:50 am #

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, I did too. As you said, it’s an incredible amount of work, and patience and creativity. Have you by chance checked out the Manic Street Preachers? Well, I sense it may not be your cup of tea, but I hope that you at least found it tolerable.

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      • Elliot 26th May 2016 at 7:31 pm #

        I have indeed checked out the Manic Street Preachers – I rather liked the songs ‘Motorcycle emptiness’ and ‘A design for life’ perhaps they wouldn’t be top of my playlist but are certainly more than tolerable. Perhaps not quite so keen on some of their other songs though – which are your faves? Or is that a difficult question to answer?

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        • Byron's Muse 27th May 2016 at 11:08 am #

          I love all their songs but my faves are: Love’s Sweet Exile, From Despair to Where, This is the Day, Roses in the Hospital, So Dead, Sleepflower, 4 ever delayed – I love their early phase more, but I think you’d prefer their later years and songs such as Walk me to the Bridge, If you tolerate this, You stole the sun from my heart, Your Love Alone is Not Enough… Thanks for asking, I could talk about Manics forever, so I’m gonna stop now. I enjoy chatting with you too, so if you have any books, films etc. to recommend, feel free to do so. Cheers.

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  10. Parma Matute 27th December 2016 at 7:48 am #

    This is the best blog I’ve ever seen. It’s pure poetry, light and magic.

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