Some contemporary comments
Samuel Rogers, the son of a wealthy banker, enjoyed a considerable reputation as a poet and man of letters. Extract from his Table-Talk, published posthumously in 1856: 'Byron sent Childe Harold in the printed sheets before it was published. The genius which the poem exhibited, the youth, the rank of the author, his romantic wanderings in Greece,—these combined to make the world stark mad about Childe Harold and Byron. Extract from letter of 21 April 1812, to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s wife: 'Has Southey read Childe Harold? William Wordsworth and Henry Crabb Robinson talked of Lord Byron. Wordsworth allowed him power, but denied his style to be English. In Wordsworth the feeling is involved and the thought clothed in poetic shapes. It is, therefore, no wonder that Wordsworth's description should be forgotten, and Lord Byron's in general circulation.'