Eldorado Poem by Edgar Allan Poe


Rating: 4.0

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!"

Kenneth Bauman 20 January 2012

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

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Assorted Thoughts 07 January 2012

Good comment, YAH I have to admit, most of Poe's material goes right over my head

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Duza Latosha 23 May 2012

Amazing Poe! Hauntingly Brilliant! More of his poems at poemhunters.com

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Udiah Witness to YAH 07 January 2012

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! ! ! !

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WIlliam Jones 23 August 2022

Love this poem. Poe had wY to string words together to create a master ice. The word 'shadow used so many times and in fifteenth ways 8s great

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Dr Antony Theodore 23 September 2020

" Over the Mountains Of the Moon, Down the Valley of the Shadow, Ride, boldly ride, " If you seek Eldorado. fine poem. tony

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rejin 07 August 2019

Your poem eldorado is so nice i am reading this poem

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