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Byron's Don Juan - No Formal End is Needed Lord Byron's main masterpiece is most likely the comic epic Don Juan, that inhabited its writer from 1818 until nearly the end of his lifetime (Trueblood 14-15). The sheer length of this poem is in itself remarkable; its particular 1 cantos take Juan via a variety of adventures, including the renowned affair with Donna Julia, the sojourn with Haidee, experiences in Turkey and afterwards in Russia as a servant, and finally incidents in England among high society (Boyd 22-30). Unexpectedly, however, Don Juan as Byron left it is clearly unfinished. Further, the poem was not published in a totally full form until almost twenty five years after Byron's departure (Steffan III 562). The pristine condition of Don Juan and the situation which contributed to it necessarily encourage speculation: would Byron have ended his poem? The final canto of Don Juan (XVII) has been dated May 8, 1823, and had been composed just before Byron sailed from Italy to assist the Greeks fight with their revolution (Bostetter 9). Although he spoke of continuing his poem, he wrote no longer in the twenty four months between his composition of the fourteen stanzas of this canto and his death in April of 1824 (Marchand 1125). The seventeenth canto of Don Juan was discovered one of Byron's personal effects and papers after he died (Marchand 1234). In England, Cantos VI into XVI of Don Juan, which Byron had penned in an extraordinary burst of creative energy out of April 1822 to May 1823, had been published by John Hunt in four installments, and the past under a month ahead of its author's death in Greece (Bostetter 8-9). Even in Byron's life, unscrupulous publishers had published many spurious "continuations" of this poem during fractures i.. .