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Darkness is a word which is at the same time both dreadful and evocative This is the one word Lord Byron chooses as the title for his poem It is a fitting description of Byrons chilling but powerful poem Darkness Darkness is a foreboding tale depicting the end of life on earth Byrons emotional and descriptive diction and imagery create the tone and setting in which the world comes to an end It is an end most completely embodied in one small passage about a dog which shows the keen link between Byron and the other Romantic poets Darkness is begun with the line I had a dream which was not all a dream The initial impression struck by the word dream is one of inconsequence and a generally positive feeling The second half of the line denies and repudiates the first by claiming that it was not all a dream With these words an atmosphere of foreboding is created and heightened all the more by its contrast with the initial feeling From this point forward darkness and fear reign supreme Such words as wander rayless and pathless are used to describe the stars and create a sense of despair and hopelessness The word extinguished is used multiple times in describing both the sun and later for the loss of fire Men first give selfish prayer and later cast their eyes downward with curses Both of these words portray the close ties to a religious setting or event The most obvious of the religious ties is line 46 in which The meager by the meager were devoured The ironic parallel to the Biblical belief that the meek shall inherit the earth is clear The meek or in this case the meager shall inherit the destruction through their own death and consumption This appalling prospect of death and destruction is revealed throughout Darkness by the primary images of darkness fire
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