Study Guide

Don Juan Tough-o-Meter

By George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron

Tough-o-Meter

(6) Tree Line

If you read Don Juan entirely for plot, you should be able to follow the general story. The difficulty comes when Byron goes off on his rants about how silly English (and even European) society is. That's why the early cantos in this poem are a bit easier to follow than the later ones. Just keep an eye out as you read and you'll find that Byron spends more and more time speaking directly to his readers and defending himself as the poem unfolds.