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I was a bit surprised by the frequent references to Arthur Schopenhauer, as Caufield lays out his interpretation of Arnold's philosophical pessimism in the final two chapters.
There are also many autobiographical sections and passages in which philosophical pessimism is present.
Nigel Leask views Byron's Philhellenism more positively perhaps, taking the perspective of politics rather than philosophical pessimism, in his impressively well-researched essay.

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