“yet from those flames/No light, but rather darkness visible”*

*from John Milton’s Paradise Lost I.62f. (1667)

From Wikipedia:

Darkness Visible (novel), a 1979 novel by British writer Sir William Golding

Darkness Visible (Hannah book), a 1952 book about Freemasonry by English clergyman Walton Hannah

Darkness Visible (memoir), a 1989 memoir by U.S. writer William Styron

Visible Darkness, a 1959 Russian story and later book by Dmitri Bilenkin about a person who could see in infra-red light

Darknesse Visible, a piece for solo piano by British composer Thomas Adès based on John Dowland’s In darknesse let me dwelle

Darkness Visible, a piece for symphony orchestra by Spanish composer, Benet Casablancas, with words by Pessoa and Milton

• “Darkness Visible”, a song by Mumford & sons from their 2018 album Delta

• “Darkness Visible”, a sixth-season episode of the fantasy television series, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

• “Darkness Visible“, a first-season episode of the BBC thriller series Silent Witness

• “Darkness Visible“, a second-season episode of the television series La Femme Nikita

Darkness Visible, a 2017 comic series, created by Arvind Ethan David and Mike Carey

From: Milton’s “Darkness Visible” and “Aeneid” 7″, by Robert J. Edgeworth (1983/4):

“Milton’s forceful oxymoron, which provided the title for W.R. Johnson’s study of the more sinister side of the Aeneid, has received little illumination from critics of Paradise Lost.

Those who comment on it generally take it as an hyperbole meaning no more than this: the light was rather dim…Even T.S. Eliot fell into this trap: he speaks of Milton’s “twilit Hell”…”.

From: The Coincidence of Opposites (1995) by Kevin McCarron:

“In (William Golding’s) Darkness Visible, Good and Evil, ostensibly represented by Matty and Sophy, are seen to be differing manifestations of a single ontological force.”

From: Attention and Interpretation (1970), by Wilfred Bion:

“Now the point that I want to stress about that is this: that when you have a particularly dark spot, turn onto it a shaft of piercing darkness. Rid yourself of your analytic theories. Rid yourself of what you picked up about the patient; get rid of it. Bring to bear on this dark spot a shaft of piercing darkness . . . If you want to see a very faint light, the more light you shut out the better, the bigger the chance of seeing the faint glimmer.”

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