George Gordon Byron, The Corsair, a Turkish Tale

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The Corsair

is the third of a group of six tales which are usually grouped together under the heading “Turkish Tales”. Byron began the sequence with

The Giaour

(1813) and continued in a similar vein with

The Bride of Abydos

(1813), adding

The Corsair




The Siege of Corinth

(1816) and finally


(1816). After the initial success of

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

(1812), it was these tales, and particularly

The Corsair

, which consolidated Byron’s fame in England and Europe. It

is a poem in three cantos (a verse tale of the kind popularised by Sir Walter Scott) and is written in heroic couplets, a form which lent itself well to an adventure story such as

The Corsair


The poem opens on an island in the Aegean sea with a song glorifying the liberated and carefree

1773 words

Citation: O'Connell, Mary. "The Corsair, a Turkish Tale". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 April 2007 [, accessed 05 March 2024.]

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