Chapter: English Literature During The Romantic Period
Lord Byron's dog was named Boatswain, and Byron loved the dog so much that - upon its death - he had a giant monument erected in Boatswain's honor. This, despite the fact that Byron was deeply in debt. He also wrote one of his most famous poems in tribute, and had it inscribed onto a plaque afixed to the monument: "Epitaph to a Dog."
Boatswain's monument is larger and more ornate than any such tribute Byron himself would ever receive. Makes sense to me.
As for the other pets, I don't believe Byron actually built additional monuments for them. That said, if I may quote Wikipedia, Byron's menagerie included, "a fox, four monkeys, a parrot, five cats, an eagle, a crow, a crocodile, a falcon, five peacocks, two guinea hens, an Egyptian crane, a badger, three geese, a heron, a honey badger, and a goat with a broken leg." It's the goat with the broken leg that really captures my imagination.
Author: Lord Byron •
Year: 1788 to 1824 •
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