Which one of the following titles best expressed the main idea of the passage?

Sangwook on June 3, 2015

Help

Although I had no problem in figuring out all those eight questions, I haven't figured out comprehending the last paragraph clearly. Especially, I don't understand the meanings of the sentences from 49 ~55. What does "...his work remains generally of a piece because of his close presence in the poetry" mean? What is " ... to shut out Byron the man is to fabricate a work of pseudocriticism" implying to us? Thanks,

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Melody on June 5, 2015

The entire passage is trying to convey that to read and understand Byron, one must also include considerations of his biography. The last paragraph merely solidifies this thought.

We are told in the paragraph that "it is Byron and Byron's idea of himself that hold his work together," i.e. it is not just the subtlety in his words, but his whole being manifested in his words.

Lines 49-55 again merely point to the fact that Byron's self is very important to his works of literature. They state that even though there are allusions to Greek and Roman myths, his work is still remains a work of literature in high regard because of "his close presence in the poetry."

Hope that clears things up! Please let us know if you have any other questions.

Sangwook on June 7, 2015

Thanks a lot!!!^^