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Works of Mary Shelley, William Wordsworth, and Lord Byron Literature is full of the rise and collapse of heroes, of civilizations, of guys in general. The Romantic Era in England turned out works that dealt especially with the rise and fall of the human soul. Writers analyzed what makes us flourish as humans, and what makes us neglect. Such works commonly include the theme of spiritual or social atrophy, and because the Industrial Revolution was in full swing at the time, these works often address the modern human break with the normal world. The issue posed is this: Have we as people sold out, and how can we be saved out of our own destruction? Works by Mary Shelley, William Wordsworth and Lord Byron demonstrate the atrophy of humankind, but all three functions present a solution for redemption. Lord Byron's "Darkness" functions as a direct warning to the reader. Byron makes no "call to action"; in the first line he suggests that his eyesight is "not all a dream," (l. 1) but only what's going to happen if change doesn't occur-even what has already started to happen. The poem is aptly titled; its theme is the reign of darkness in the last days of man. The sole light in Byron's dream comes in the fire of destruction: "that the habitations of all things which dwell were burnt for beacons," (l. 13). Homes (which signify culture) have been destroyed to aid survival. The people in Byron's eyesight quickened their own destruction, they "fed their funeral piles with fuel." (l. 38). In Byron's eyesight, the birds have "useless wings," famine reigns, and even dogs attack the corpses of the masters. One dog provides an isolated event of confidence from the poem: "he was faithful to a corse, and kept that the birds and monster and famish'd men at...