Darkness (excerpt)


They slept on the abyss without a surge

The waves were dead; the tides were in their grave,

The moon, their mistress, had expired before;

The winds were wither’d in the stagnant air,

And the clouds perish’d; Darkness had no need

Of aid from them — She was the Universe.


Lord Byron, Diodati, July 1816

BYRON, L. 2014. Domestic Pieces, 1816. Lord Byron: Complete Works. Hastings, East Sussex: Delphi Publishing Ltd. p. 5875

Process notes:

  • Fabric of universe itself is malevolent
  • How can the menace of empty space be conveyed?