Lord Byron’s Bores and Bored

by Christian Parreno

Our ridicules are kept in the back-ground –
Ridiculous enough, but also dull;
Professions too are no more to be found
Professional; and there is nought to cull
Of folly’s fruit: for, though your fools abound,
They’re barren and not worth the pains to pull.
Society is now one polish’d horde,
Form’d of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored.

Byron, George Gordon (1986/1819-24) The Complete Poetical Works. Edited by Jerome J. McGann. Oxford – UK: Clarendon Books.