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Darkness

I had a dream, which was not all a dream.
The bright sun was extinguish'd, and the stars
Did wander darkling in the eternal space,
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  • Francis Lynch (3/8/2014 11:25:00 PM)

    Byron wrote this after his trip to Naples. The vision of a volcanic apocalypse is evident in many areas of our world today. Mauna Loi, Vesuvius, Mexico, Yellowstone.

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  • Kevin Patrick (3/8/2014 5:01:00 PM)

    This was the first true poem I ever read when I was 16 years old, before then I was a somewhat typical male teenager who did not understand the power of language as an art form and as a creator of genius. This poem excels at everything true art does, conviction, pathos imagery and movement, the apocalypse has never been so disturbingly beautiful as expressed hear. This is just the epitome of Greatness. Thank you Byron!

  • Kevin Patrick (3/8/2014 5:00:00 PM)

    This was the first true poem I ever read when I was 16 years old, before then I was a somewhat typical male teenager who did not understand the power of language as an art form and as a creator of genius. This poem excels at everything true art does, conviction, pathos imagery and movement, the apocalypse has never been so disturbingly beautiful as expressed hear. This is just the epitome of Greatness. Thank you Byron!

  • Claire Myrith (8/26/2007 9:09:00 PM)

    Viciously beautiful. Never has one single person ever written such a tantalizing peom about the apocolypse. God has wrath and it is described very well here. Definately viciously beautiful.

  • Sean Godley (5/9/2007 9:43:00 AM)

    There's some great fire images here. I did find it a bit rambling though; in my opinion it could do with some editing. Sean

  • Ruby Root (7/12/2006 10:38:00 AM)

    He speaks about the more like apocalypse - as if a cosmic cataclysm in which God destroys the powers of evil. What a catastrophe. This was a tragedy.

  • Erica Tyler-haw (2/10/2005 1:09:00 PM)

    very compeling. a claustrophobic sense of closeness creeps upon you as the poem progresses.

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