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Edgar Allan Poe

(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849 / Boston)

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Eldorado


Gaily bedight,
A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
Had journeyed long,
Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.

But he grew old-
This knight so bold-
And o'er his heart a shadow
Fell as he found
No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado.

And, as his strength
Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow-
"Shadow," said he,
"Where can it be-
This land of Eldorado?"

"Over the Mountains
Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the Shadow,
Ride, boldly ride,"
The shade replied-
"If you seek for Eldorado!"

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Mazhari David (5/21/2014 3:37:00 AM)

    Have been working on my own Eldorado for the past five years... still a long way to go... for it is nothing but the journey of a life-time* * (Report) Reply

  • Ryan Girardot (4/10/2014 12:03:00 AM)

    This is one of hte most interesting Poe poems because of its deviation from his darker themes. The story of the man searching for El Dorado (the mythical city of gold) , but never finding it. The pilgrim shadow the knight meets is hinted to be Death himself, and to reveals to reach El Dorardo, one must (among other things) cross the valley of shadow....Sound famililar? The poem talks of a man's search for heaven on earth, and his revelation on his deathbed that there can only be a true heaven for the dead. I adore this poem. A classic. (Report) Reply

  • Deborah Smith (3/29/2014 7:21:00 PM)

    I became interested in this particular poem by viewing the John Wayne movie, El Dorado. I have always loved the works of Edgar Allen Poe since I was a child. (Report) Reply

  • Rubab Atwal (1/7/2014 7:59:00 AM)

    i love this poem....since years its been my favorite... its one of the most artistic poems...... (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (12/30/2013 7:43:00 AM)

    .........astonishing...a great poem on the theme of death...a brilliant write..

    Eldorado

    Gaily bedight,
    A gallant knight,
    In sunshine and in shadow,
    Had journeyed long,
    Singing a song,
    In search of Eldorado.

    But he grew old-
    This knight so bold-
    And o'er his heart a shadow
    Fell as he found
    No spot of ground
    That looked like Eldorado.

    And, as his strength
    Failed him at length,
    He met a pilgrim shadow-
    Shadow, said he,
    Where can it be-
    This land of Eldorado?

    Over the Mountains
    Of the Moon,
    Down the Valley of the Shadow,
    Ride, boldly ride,
    The shade replied-
    If you seek for Eldorado!

    Edgar Allan Poe (Report) Reply

  • Mark Jensen (1/7/2013 1:33:00 AM)

    Had to look up bedight! (= 'bedecked, arrayed.)

    Interesting and romantically mysterious... who is this pilgrim shadow, and what does he mean? It reminds me of the story of the gatekeeper in Kafka's 'The Trial.' (Report) Reply

  • Kenneth Bauman (1/20/2012 12:14:00 PM)

    Poe is teaching something in Eldorado. He is secretly telling where Eldorado is as Poe will not be around much longer (yes he knew this) . Poe faked his murder and went to France for a reason. Why on earth did a Frenchman (Baudelaire) begin to translate Poe's work in 1852 if Poe himself didn't orchestrate the project? Poe is telling an American secret in Eldorado. It's not on land! ! but over the arch of the nine mountains in the line of the shadow! ! for a distance from somewhere... Poe was running from his demise in America...it was time for him to go. Poe was absolutely brilliant. So sad he's been painted black here in this country. Write me: kabauman86@hotmail.com (Report) Reply

  • Dwight Moody Bernardo (1/7/2012 10:15:00 PM)

    This is one of the most artistic poems I've read... the story is deep... Indeed E.A.P IS and always will be a great writer (Report) Reply

  • Udiah Witness to YAH (1/7/2012 8:14:00 AM)

    Congratuations Conor Brown! ! ! While some others may have alluded to or even meant it vaguely, you hit it right on the head! ! ! ! ! Poe is searching for a final place to lay his head. He's been searching and searching for that Utopia of his day (i.e. Eldorado, the golden city - the final place of peace and happiness) away from the criticism of his day. While others thought he was nothing but a drunk, idiot, etc.... He knew in His heart, that he had tried his best to make people think, to bring to light the truth, and thus create an Eldorado here on Earth, in his passing moment, a moment in which he finally had become so discouraged, and facing death, that he realized the Utopia was never nor ever here, nor could ever be made to be here. In the shadow (i.e. Death) It was then He realized that the Utopia he was searching for all his life, was far beyond even his range. But yet there was just one last chance, one hope, one final time: yes, it was heaven, and reachable only by one fast and final ride, a ride of the soul, though the valley of death! ! ! ! And how do we make through the valley of death? ? ? ? Yes, correct! ! ! ! a 9.9 only because Poe feared to say it. We should read Poe much more often! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Skylar Beet (1/7/2012 3:40:00 AM)

    if its soo good? then why is only 7.7 out of 10? who votes anyways? ? im new to this so i don't really know OH and when your poem (blah blah online) what does that mean? does it mean someone is reading it? please answer, thanks :) (Report) Reply

  • Jeline Loh Jen-Li (1/7/2012 3:28:00 AM)

    Hi there, Do check out all my poems!
    I would love to take you to another world!

    Is Silence A Good Noise

    Silence is Golden
    Be silent when you can
    If you know nothing best to be silent
    If you know something be humble
    At the end of day it is silence that matters
    Feeling tired and lethargy
    A calm surrounding helps
    Rather than busy noises
    I could use a silence or two
    To rejuvenate my soul
    In the still of night silence brings peace
    To remain in the quietness
    Seems like a pleasant noise
    Hush my soul
    Sshhhhhh

    Copyrighted @ Jeline Loh (Report) Reply

  • Smoky Hoss (11/18/2011 7:00:00 PM)

    I have to agree with Juan O. (below) , this is such a great poem, I continue to return to read it often. It truly is, in my opinion, one of the best. (Report) Reply

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