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DGR's letter to WMR
This interesting sonnet should be compared with the very different sentiments expressed by Byron in
his various famous verse reflections on Waterloo (see especially the Waterloo stanzas in
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Cantos III).
The religious ideas that shape DGR's secular view of the world produces his characteristically
indifferent response. The tone is congruent with his cool, even cynical, attitude to contemporary political affairs.
(Like Byron, however, he was anything but cool and indifferent to disfunctional social
DGR wrote the poem late in October 1849.
First printed in 1895 by WMR (see
Letters, II. 79
) and collected thereafter.