By Elizabeth Bear

She is named Seeker. Spellbound via the Faerie Queen, she has kidnapped human kids for her mistress's excitement for what sounds like an eternity, not able to loose herself from servitude and reclaim her personal humanity.

Seeker's newest prey is a Merlin. Named after the mythical wizard of Camelot, Merlins aren't easily those that wield magic––they are magic. Now, with the Prometheus Club's brokers and competitors from Faerie either vying for the desire of this being of unlimited magic to tip the stability of strength, Seeker needs to convince the Merlin to hitch her cause—or else danger wasting whatever much more priceless and extra very important to her than the destiny of humankind....

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However light and clever this stanza may sound, the gesture it makes undermines both moral and authorial authority. With the discovery of the ottava rima stanza, Byron had found the necessary formal complement to the radical content he wished to convey. Thus when the narrator claims that the ottava rima form affects his content, the wording of the remark suggests something other than an ordinary awareness of the 'verse contract'. The phrase 'as the stanza likes to make it' appears to impute agency to the verse form, adding an affective dimension to the mechanical ones of rhyme and metre and turning the conventional relation between form and content into a kind of intersubjective event.

The radical publisher William Hone stood trial three times between 1817 and 1822 for publishing satirical broadsides that used the forms of nursery rhymes and the Catechism of the Church of England to satirize the king and his government - almost exactly the period in which Don Juan appeared. Hone successfully served as his own counsel in each of the actions. Byron, whose close friend John Cam Hobhouse was imprisoned for a similar infraction, would have known of Hone's trials and his brilliant strategies of self-defence from accounts in the contemporary press.

2) This is the Byronic mode of Shakespearean allusion that led G. Wilson Knight to claim that while Shakespeare merely wrote the plays, Byron lived them. 24 'For this effect defective comes by cause' is from Polonius' speech describing the madness of Hamlet to Gertrude and Claudius in Act II, scene ii, line 103. Polonius is making his case for Hamlet's insanity ('What is't but to be nothing else but mad? . That he's mad, 'tis true, 'tis true 'tis pity, / Pity 'tis, 'tis true - ' ) . Byron alludes to Polonius' delusion that he is being analytical despite his absolute and tautological diagnosis.

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