Although Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron) is a very famous English poet, few of us recall many lines from his poems.
Byron’s best known bit of poesy is “She walks in beauty, like the night,” the first line from his poem “She Walks in Beauty” (published in 1815).
In fact, I’d guess more people are familiar with Byron’s reputation than his poetry.
However, there are some words from a Byron poem that are familiar to almost everyone, in addition to “She walks in beauty...”
Canto XIV contains the lines:
“‘Tis strange — but true; for Truth is always strange;
Stranger than fiction.”
Those poetic words by Byron are generally credited as the origin of the proverbial sayings “strange but true” and “truth is stranger than fiction.”
So, although most people don’t know it, they are paraphrasing a quotation by Byron when they use those phrases — both of which could aptly be applied to Byron’s life.
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