Et nox facta est essay poetry explication - Et nox facta est Essay Payton Davis Et nox facta est is a famous poem by poet dramatist and

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Et nox facta est Essay Payton Davis “Et nox facta est” is a famous poem by poet, dramatist, and novelist (Victor Hugo Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia). The poem focuses mainly on Satan, beginning with his fall as an angel. What makes the poem so famous, perhaps, is Hugo’s eloquent use of allusions, symbolism, and imagery. Hugo’s poem contains an immense amount of allusions, most alluding to stories of the Bible. The poem even begins with allusions to the story of Cain and Abel, Judas betraying Jesus, and Barabbas being let go rather than crucified. The first allusion happens on lines ten through eleven of the poem, stating “He cried: ‘Death!’ his face stretched out in the empty dark. / Later this word was man and was named Cain” (Douglas 783). Allusions, however, are only a small part of what makes “Et nox facta est” such a famous and well-written poem. Another literary element that Victor Hugo uses strongly, especially within “Et nox facta est” is symbolism. The most important use of symbolism is perhaps Hugo’s use of light and

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