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"Darkness" by Lorde Byron Analysis

In July of 1816 Lord Byron published a poem called “Darkness.” Lord Byron wrote many different poems in his lifetime. “Darkness” is one of his poems that have a darker meaning and tone. In the first line of the poem Byron states, “I had a dream, which was not all a dream.” (line 1). With this statement, the reader is able to figure out the direction in which Lord Byron writes the poem.

Thought the poem, the author talks about the ways that the world could look like in several years, however, we are not quite there yet. This poem serves as a warning for everyone that has read this poem. Lord Byron uses distinct and descriptive language throughout the entire poem. When you start reading each line, it is as if you can picture the way that the earth would look in years to come. Even though this poem was written more than 200 years ago, the message is still important for everyone to learn today. In the poem the author states,

“The bright sun was extinguish’d, and the stars

Did wander darkling in the eternal space,

Rayless, and pathless, and the icy earth

Swung blind and blackening in the moonless air;

Morn came and went—and came, and brought no


(Byron, lines 2-7). With the language that is used the reader is able to picture what the author is trying to say. The language is so extremely descriptive. This one example that demonstrates how the author uses clear and concise language from the start of the poem. As the poem goes on, the topic of the poem changes from nature to man. From the moon and the stars to the humans that walk the earth. Lord Byron has talked about many different topics throughout his poems, however, personally this is one of the deepest poems.

Works Cited

Gordon, Lord Byron (George. "Darkness by Lord Byron (George Gordon)." Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation, n.d. Web. 13 June 2020.

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