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The Drawing Room Edition of the Poetical Works of Lord Byron
George Gordon, Lord Byron. London, ND


Years have rolled on, Loch na Garr, since I left you,
Years must elapse ere I tread you again:
Nature of verdure and flowers has bereft you,
Yet still are you dearer than Albion's plain.
England! thy beauties are tame and domestic
To one who has roved o'er the mountains afar:
Oh for the crags that are wild and majestic!
The steep frowning glories of the dark Loch na Garr.


The essential Romantic landscape was wild and untamed, rocky and uninhabited: it was embodied in the wildest parts of the Lake District and in the wildness of Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Loch na Garr, by Byron epitomises this Romantic view, which was can also be seen the stirring border novels of Sir Walter Scott. Jane Austen’s work was criticised by Charlotte Bronte as being:
"a carefully fenced, highly cultivated garden, with neat borders and delicate flowers; but no glance of a bright vivid physiognomy, no open country, no fresh air, no blue hill, no bonny beck. ...
Yet Austen was not immune to the Romantic approach to landscape, as evidenced by Marianne Dashwood and even by Elizabeth Bennet, whose excitement at the prospect of visiting the Lakes, immortalised in Romantic verse, can hardly be contained.
 

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