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Prometheus Summary & Analysis
by Lord Byron

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"Prometheus" is a poem by the English Romantic poet Lord Byron, first published in 1816. The poem is a celebration of Prometheus, a figure from Greek mythology known for stealing fire from the gods to help humanity. It makes a claim for the power of resisting tyranny, and for the value of individual sacrifice. Byron himself was a politician-turned-revolutionary who fought in the Greek War for Independence, and the character of Prometheus is typical of Byron's work: the solitary, suffering, defiant hero is meant to empower readers, reminding them that revolutions begin with individuals who dare to imagine the future differently.

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