Darkness by Lord Byron

This is one of Byron’s longer poems, spanning more than eighty lines. Gothic and dark in nature, it is not broken up into stanzas. The poem is instead arranged as one long piece of text in order to convey its theme of “eternal space” and the darkness of the night. As with many other poems, Byron uses nature to explore the characters of men. He indicates that “Happy were those who dwelt within the eye/Of the volcanos…” and uses light as an attribute that is associated with happiness and hope. On the other hand, the lines “And men forgot their passions in the dread/Of this their desolation,” convey the opposite. At end of the poem, Byron explores the world without nature and without man (“seasonless, herbless, treelss, manless, lifeless”). This world has no highs and lows as the world around us (“And nothing stirred within their silent depths”) but that is what also makes this world dead and empty.

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