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"No Light, But Rather Darkness Visible"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: Milton tells how the devils were hurled from heaven and lay for the space of nine days on a fiery gulf. He goes on to say that the region in which they are imprisoned is a fiery dungeon like a great furnace, although the flames of hell give forth no light. He is here using the universal symbolism of light and dark to indicate good and evil; when he describes heaven, he does so in terms of brilliant light. He also applies the same symbolism to Satan, who before his fall, as Lucifer, star of the morning, was the brightest of all the angels; as he becomes progressively more evil after his fall, he gradually loses all of his brightness. Milton's hell is often contrasted with Dante's: Milton's is a chaotic, unclear, murky region, but Dante's is highly systematized into a number of divisions and...

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