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    The Muses Companion – April 19, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is April 19th, the 109th day of the year 2024, with 257 days remaining. “Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.” Boris Pasternak Today in Literary History: On this day in 1824, Lord Byron, the British Romantic poet and a leading figure of the Romantic movement, died in Missolonghi, Greece. His works and persona epitomized the Romantic ideal of the artist as a brooding genius, influencing countless writers and artists who came after him. Notable Birthdays: Today’s Readings: From Don Juan by Lord Byron: “Between two worlds life hovers like a star, ‘Twixt night and…

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    The Muses Companion – January 22, 2024

    Good day, readers. Today is January 22nd, the 22nd day of the year 2024, with 344 days remaining. Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill Today in Literary History: On this day in 1788, Lord Byron, one of the leading figures of the Romantic movement and regarded as one of the greatest British poets, was born. Byron’s extensive works, including “Don Juan” and “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage,” are celebrated for their expressive and melodious style, as well as their bold exploration of the human condition and societal norms. Notable Birthdays: George Balanchine (January 22, 1904 – April 30, 1983), the influential Russian-American choreographer known…