"I by no means rank poetry or poets high in the scale of intellect. This may look like affectation, but it is my real opinion. It is the lava of the imagination whose eruptions prevents an earthquake."
— Byron, George Gordon Noel, sixth Baron Byron (1788-1824)
See Byron's Letters and Journals, ed. Leslie A. Marchand, 12 vols. (London, 1973-82).